British girl 'by chance pleads responsible' in Egypt

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An Egyptian court has sentenced a British woman to three years in prison for smuggling painkillers into the country, a Reuters witness says.

Laura Plummer was arrested in October after being found with 290 tramadol pills in her suitcase.

Plummer had claimed the painkiller, legal in the United Kingdom but banned in Egypt, was for her Egyptian partner, to treat his back pain.

Ms Plummer's lawyer Mohamed Othman said the allegations against his client were "illogical" as her plane ticket was "double the price" of the pills.

The 33-year-old shop assistant, from Hull, wept and slumped to the floor in court as her sentence was passed down earlier today. Were just hoping. Even half of that would be better.

"I'm in shock, I'm really in shock", she added. "She doesn't deserve that".

The trial was held this morning with a new interpreter and she was jailed by a judge for three years.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Jayne Sinclair sister
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Jayne Sinclair sister"She's on the verge of a mental breakdown

Her lawyer told Sky News that the idea she was a drug trafficker was illogical as she made no attempt to hide what she was transporting. When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl?

An appeal will not be heard for at least 60 days.

Ms Plummer's local MP, Karl Turner, admitted the result could have been much worse, but still described it as "devastating".

Her family has been told she could face up to 25 years in prison or even the death penalty, according to one lawyer.

A spokesman from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

Since then, she said, her daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women.

She was arrested at Hurghada Airport on October 9, and signed a 38-page document written in Arabic as she thought it would grant her freedom.

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