Alleged Aussie drug smuggler Cassandra Sainsbury’s fiancé Scott Broadbridge has made his first public appearance professing her innocence.
Speaking before the media yesterday, the 23-year-old said
‘I have no doubt that Cassie’s innocent of these charges and I will support her no matter how long this takes.
‘She is concerned about the conditions of the jail, which are not ideal, and it is very difficult for her not knowing anyone in the country.
‘I hope to get over there soon and I hope that we are able to prove her innocence.
‘Cass is the delight of my life. I know that she is not involved in the drug trade.
‘I know that she was not deliberately taking drugs or carrying drugs.’
However, My Broadbridge refused to answer questions about why the 22-year-old fitness instructor was in Columbia alone in the first place amidst precious conflicting reports from himself and members of her family that she was overseas either to promote her fitness business or undertake work for a cleaning business.
Ms Sainsbury was arrested at El Dorado International Airport on April 12 after 5.8 kilograms of cocaine was allegedly found hidden inside 18 headphone boxes in her suitcase.
She reportedly told a Colombian lawyer that she was tricked and given the headphones by a man she knew only by Angelo or Tom.
Ms Sainsbury’s Colombian legal representative, Orlando Herran, told 9 News that she was having a ‘difficult’ time behind bars in El Buen Pastor women’s jail in Bogota.
‘I can see she’s very difficult, she’s very affected, psychologically affected,’ he said.
Mr Herran said Ms Sainsbury keeps saying how ‘stupid’ she was, and is ‘permanently crying’.
The lawyer plans to request that she serve jail time in Australia if she is found guilty.
However, the judge who initially put Ms Sainsbury in jail says that is unlikely.
‘The system is clear. Do the crime in Colombia, do the time in Colombia, judge John Jairo Zambraro told 9 News.
‘What caught my eye was her age,” he said. “She was 22, too young to be caught up in something like this.’