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Woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt weeps in court on Christmas day

Woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt weeps in court on Christmas day
Laura Plummer from Hull, is currently held in an Egyptian jail after being accused of drug smuggling (Picture: PA)

A British woman wept in court today after she was accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Laura Plummer appeared handcuffed in ther dock where she faces the death penalty if she is found guilty.

The 33-year-old, from Hull, is accused of illegally carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase.

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Her Christmas Day court appearance was thought to be the beginning of her trial but the case has now been adjourned until tomorrow.

Her family were not in court this morning.

The painkiller Laura was carrying is a prescription drug in the UK but is banned in Egypt.

She claims she was carrying the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt weeps in court on Christmas day
Laura was found with 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase (Picture: PA)
Woman accused of smuggling painkillers into Egypt weeps in court on Christmas day
She is due to go on trial at al-Bahr al-Ahmar court (Picture: REUTERS)

But her family has been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail or even death penalty.

She says she has no idea what she doing was illegal and was just ‘daft’ after being given the Class C painkillers by a work friend.

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The woman is being held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9.

Laura’s mum, Roberta Sinclair, says her daughter made no attempt to hide the medicine and thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by officials.

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

Roberta added her daughter now looks ‘unrecognisable’.

Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

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