A British woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt has been jailed for three years, her family has said. Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, fr
A British woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt has been jailed for three years, her family has said.
Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt.
Ms Plummer’s family, who have described her as “naive”, said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain. The family said her lawyers lodged an immediate appeal.
Ms Plummer appeared in court on Christmas Day but the judge adjourned the case for a day because of her condition. On Monday she sobbed in the courtroom in Hurghada after she became overwhelmed with emotions and accidentally pleaded guilty to the offence.
She has insisted the tablets were for her Egyptian partner Omar Abdel Aziz, known as “Caboo”, 31, who suffers from chronic back pain. She said she was unaware the drug, which is legal in the UK, was banned in Egypt.
The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just “daft”.
They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.
Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a communal cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.
Ms Plummer is being held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9. Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.