Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death almost a decade ago after being arrested for drug smuggling. Since then she has been on death row with one last wish
A British grandmother living on death row can only knit and await execution while locked up in a Bali jail for drug smuggling.
Lindsay Sandiford has been in Kerobokan prison for almost a decade after being arrested in 2013 for attempting to smuggle £1.6million worth of cocaine into Indonesia.
In Indonesia, the punishment for this crime is brutal and horrific – death by firing squad.
Prisoners can sit or stand before armed soldiers fire their shots, aiming for the heart.
If a prisoner survives, the commander shoots him in the head.
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The 65-year-old granny is still awaiting her execution date as Indonesia rarely executes her.
Prisoners can wait more than 10 years on death row.
Sandiford, who had separated from her husband, made the decision to move to India in 2012.
She was arrested while arriving in Bali from Bangkok on May 19, 2012 after cocaine was found in her luggage.
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The former justice secretary originally claimed she was forced to carry the Class A drugs by a criminal gang, who threatened to harm her family if she refused.
However, she then changed her story when she was told she would receive the death penalty if convicted of drug trafficking.
She told officers she was asked to carry the drugs by Julian Ponder, a British antiques dealer.
Sandiford agreed to participate in a police stabbing to capture Ponder, but was later charged with drug trafficking.
She was sentenced to death on January 22, 2013.
During her time in prison, Sandiford knits various items that she sells to raise money for her legal fees.
While behind bars, she befriended hitman Heather Mack.
Mack served 10 years for the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, who was then stuffed into a suitcase by her boyfriend.
Mack has revealed that Sandiford became increasingly reclusive in prison.
She became difficult to talk to and often snapped for no reason.
She said, “She spends most of the day in her cell quite alone and doesn’t mix with the other prisoners that much.”
The killer also revealed that Sandiford only has one last wish.
She said, “She said she wanted to die.”
In fact, Sandiford himself said: “It won’t be difficult for me to deal with it anymore.
“It’s not particularly a death I would choose, but then again, I wouldn’t choose to die agonizingly from cancer either.”
She also said she feels blessed to see her two sons grow up and meet their grandchildren.