British grandmother facing FIRING SQUAD in Bali prison says ‘if you want to shoot me get on with it’ as she faces firing squad for Bali drug smuggling
THE British death row gran facing a firing squad in Bali for drug smuggling has said today: “If you want to shoot me get on with it.”
The drug mule grandmother has abandoned her legal battle to escape execution
Lindsay Sandiford, 62, was sentenced to death for attempting to smuggle 4.7kg of cocaine into the country in 2012.
She initially fought against her sentence but has now spoken out to reveal she has come to terms with her fate, insisting: “Dying doesn’t bother me”
In a frank interview with British journalists, the grandmother revealed she has accepted her impending execution after abandoning her legal battle to be freed.
Asked if she feared the firing squad, Sandiford said: “It won’t be a hard thing for me to face anymore.
“It’s not particularly a death I would choose but then again I wouldn’t choose dying in agony from cancer either. “Dying doesn’t bother me. I never thought I’d last this long to be honest.”
‘GET ON WITH IT’
Drug mule Sandiford was caught at Denpasar Airport in May 2012 when officials discovered a massive haul of cocaine hidden in the lining of her suitcase.
The formal legal secretary, from Redcar, Teesside, was convicted later the same year and has spent six years on death row.
Speaking from inside the grim Kerobokan prison in Bali, she insisted she was unfazed by the prospect of her death.
She told the MailOnline: “What I am uncomfortable about is the public humiliation. You’re dragged halfway around the country and paraded in front of the press before being executed and that will be the worst thing for me.
“My attitude is ‘If you want to shoot me, shoot me. Get on with it.’
“I’ve done a terrible thing, I know, but the worst thing is the ritual public humiliation they seem to enjoy.”
Sandiford has no previous convictions but was handed a death sentence after claiming a UK-based drug syndicate forced her to smuggle cocaine from Thailand to Bali.
She told a Bali court the crime gang threatened to kill one of her two sons in Britain if she refused to cooperate.
However, she has since accepted she will die in prison but has banned her sons from being present during her execution after seeing the devastation caused to the family of Andrew Chan, the ‘Bali Nine’ ringleader who was killed by firing squad in 2015.
She continued: “I’ve told my family I don’t want any of them to come when it happens. I don’t want to put them through what Andrew’s family went through and the families of the other prisoners who were shot.
“I’ve said to my sons if you come I will refuse to see you so don’t bother coming.
“I’ve told them when I’m dead there will be no ceremonies, no nothing, If there’s any money left spend it all in one day and have a party and enjoy yourselves.
“I’ve told them ‘If there’s any weeping or ritual trees or flowers, I will come back and haunt you’.
“They know it would be the last thing I wanted. They know that. I’m their mum and they love me and for me that’s enough. And they know I love them and hopefully that will be enough for them.”