United Kingdom woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt for carrying painkillers

Laura Plummer, 33 could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her

An Egyptian court has sentenced a British woman to three years in prison for smuggling painkillers into the country, a Reuters witness says.

The incident came to light when 33 year-old Laura Plummer was arrested on October 9 at Hurghada International Airport on the Red Sea after police reportedly found 290 tablets of tramadol in her suitcase.

Ms Plummer's defense team said that they will appeal the decision as soon as the judge submits his reasoning, which could take up to 60 days.

Plummer, a shop assistant from Hull in east Yorkshire, was charged with drug possession and smuggling. Were just hoping. Even half of that would be better.

She said their mother Roberta Sinclair, who travelled to the country for the hearing, and Mr Caboo were denied access to the hearing as their driver was running late. "She doesn't deserve that".

Miss Plummer's Christmas Day court appearance was thought to be the beginning of her trial but there is a possibility the case could be adjourned to another date.

Miss Plummer left could face 25 years in prison with no parole life imprisonment or even the death penalty
Miss Plummer left could face 25 years in prison with no parole life imprisonment or even the death penalty

Sister Jayne Synclair told the Mirror: "If she ever makes it out of there, I will be amazed".

Laura Plummer, 33, could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her. "Laura did not know that what she was carrying was a narcotic". "That's her life. She's a normal person".

He said: "Apparently something was lost in translation, the defence lawyer wasn't confident that Laura was understanding the questions first of all, and the interpreter wasn't correctly translating what Laura was saying in her answers".

It is not clear when an appeal against her sentence might be heard.

Ms Plummer's local MP, Karl Turner, admitted the result could have been much worse, but still described it as "devastating".

She said he daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women, adding her daughter now looks "unrecognisable".

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