Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'If You Want to Shoot Me, Get on with It' Redcar Death Row Gran Says She's Ready for Firing Squad

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'If You Want to Shoot Me, Get on with It' Redcar Death Row Gran Says She's Ready for Firing Squad

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Byline: FELICITY COLLINSON news@gazettemedia.co.uk @TeessideLive

A REDCAR grandma on death row in Bali for drug smuggling says she is no longer scared of facing a firing squad and has given up her fight to avoid execution.

Lindsay Sandiford, 62, was caught with 10lb of cocaine on a flight from Bangkok to Bali and was sentenced to death in 2013.

But after spending six years on death row, she has revealed that she has abandoned her legal battle to avoid a death sentence, the MailOnline reports.

The gran said in a jailhouse interview that being executed by firing squad "won't be a hard thing for me to face anymore".

Sandiford's two granddaughters, aged one and six, recently flew to Bali from the UK and visited her at the island's notorious Kerobokan prison, known ironically as Hotel K. She said she feels "blessed", even though she has been sentenced to death in Indonesia, because she has seen her two sons grow up and she has met her grandchildren.

Facing the prospect of death by firing squad, she 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.

"I do feel I can cope with it. But when it happens I don't want my family to come. I don't want any fuss at all. The one thing certain about life is no one gets out alive."

" She added: "My attitude is 'If you want to shoot me, shoot me. Get on with it.'"."

Sandiford said she spends her days knitting clothes and toys for her granddaughters, charities and church groups in a cramped cell measuring 16ft by 16ft that she shares with four other women prisoners. She keeps photos of her granddaughters next to her bed in her cell, and has expressed regret that she cannot be a full-time grandmother.

Well-wishers had raised more than PS40,000 for a final appeal, with the money spent on a succession of Indonesian lawyers and legal assistants, it was reported. …

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