Lawyers representing a British woman who’s been handed the death sentence for drugs smuggling by a court in Bali  - say they will appeal. Lindsay Sandiford  - seen here with her head covered going to court to hear the verdict – was found her guilty of trafficking cocaine with a street value of around 2 and a half million dollars into Indonesia.

In May last year Ms Sandiford, who’s 56 and originally from Gloucestershire, was arrested off a flight from Bangkok and was found to be hiding around 4.8kilos of the drug in the lining of her suitcase. Prosecutors had apparently only recommended a 15-year sentence for her.

Ms Sandiford has always maintained she was coerced by a drugs gang who were threatening her son. She also said other Brits were involved in the smuggling alongside her. Two of them, Paul Beales and Rachel Dougall -  have already been sentenced for four years and one year respectively. Another man is due is to be sentenced tomorrow.

The leading judge on the panel said Sandiford has damaged the image of Bali as a tourism destination and weakened the government's drug prevention programme. Her lawyers said they were "surprised" at the verdict and will appeal..

 

Written and presented by Marverine Cole