Julian Ponder Given Six Years In Bali Prison For Receiving Cocaine From Lindsay Sandiford

Brit Linked To Lindsay Sandiford Handed Jail Term In Bali

Briton Julian Ponder has been jailed for six years by a court in Bali, Indonesia, for receiving cocaine from British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who was sentenced to death last week.

Ponder, 43, reportedly from Brighton, was convicted for his role as an accomplice to 56-year-old Sandiford, originally from Redcar, Teesside, who was sentenced to death a week ago for smuggling cocaine worth £1.59 million in her suitcase into Bali.

Ponder was found guilty of possessing drugs and also fined one billion rupiah, around £65,000, by a court in Bali. He was cleared of drug smuggling.

Sandiford, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has notified Indonesian officials she intends to appeal against her sentence.

She was accused by the Bali court of damaging the image of the resort island and received the sentence despite prosecutors only asking for a 15-year jail term.

Ponder and Rachel Dougall were arrested alongside Sandiford in a sting operation by Indonesian police in May last year.

At the time of her arrest, Dougall, who has a young daughter, insisted she was the victim of a "fit-up" and Ponder claimed he was "trapped".

Ponder's lawyer claimed he was told that Sandiford was delivering a present for his child's birthday and, when he met her to receive the gift, police officers arrested him.

Prosecutors in Bali had sought a seven-year prison term. The BBC reported that Ponder's lawyers had advised him not to appeal the sentence.

Sandiford is poised to sue the UK Foreign Office over their alleged failure to support an appeal against her execution.

Legal rights charity Reprieve told HuffPost UK on Monday they have filed for a judicial review of the case.

The claim form states: ""It is clear that the Claimant will not have access to an adequate lawyer who can represent her interests in the criminal appeal unless the FCO arranges one, or at least provides the funding so that an expert and independent non-governmental organisation such as Reprieve may ensure that legal assistance is put in place.

"A competent lawyer in Indonesia who is prepared to act pro bono in this matter has been found but requires his expenses to be met, in order to represent Lindsay. These costs are estimated to be £2500."


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