Sunday, December 24, 2006

Backpacker Daisy appeals to court

The mother of jailed Bournemouth backpacker Daisy Angus says she hopes this will be the last Christmas her daughter spends behind bars in India.
Daisy, 26, is serving a 10-year jail sentence after being found guilty of smuggling 10kg of cannabis in a secret compartment of her suitcase.
The former Littledown Leisure Centre fitness instructor was stopped by customs officers at Mumbai airport on November 8, 2002, as she caught a flight to Amsterdam on what was supposed to be her dream trip around the world.
Daisy spent four years in jail before hearing of her fate and will have to serve a further six before she is freed.
Her mother Nadine has just returned from India where she managed to see Daisy a couple of times during visits arranged by the British Embassy.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Nadine said: "She is looking well, still holding on in that hell of a place. Her transfer to Pune's jail has been very hard and stressful for her.
In October Nadine, of Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, lodged an appeal with the Indian High Court and is now waiting for a date which is not expected to be much before the summer.
23/12/06 Paula Roberts/Dorset Echo, UK
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