According to the Daily Telegraph the accused Australian Drug Smuggler Cassandra Sainsbury’s family have negotiated a deal to sell their story to Channel 9. Cassie Sainsbury was caught with over 5kg of cocaine in Colombia. The family allegedly sought a $1m sum. The story featuring mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury is set to air within the next few months. It is also believed that her partner has also signed a separate contract to air his story on a rival channel.
This news has caused outrage as the family has already pleaded with the public to help fund Miss Sainsbury’s legal costs and requested the Australian government to cover the costs. According to Australian guidelines, the government can cover costs related with legal defence of up to $290 per hour, psychological treatment of up to $2000 and counsel fees of up to $3600 daily.
The accused drug smuggler is locked in El Buen Pastor Prison – where she has been since her arrest on April 11. Sainsbury has maintained her innocence and alleges she was tricked into carrying the 5.8kg of cocaine, which she believed were separately wrapped headphones she had purchased for from somebody she had just met for wedding gifts. Her lawyer claims she bought the headphones to sell back home NOT as gifts for her bridal party. It was revealed that Cassie was in severe financial difficulty.