Cassandra Sainsbury’s fiancé Scott Broadbridge claims it was fellow Australians who put the 22-year-old in danger by “luring” the suspected drug mule to Colombia.
Channel Seven, which has signed a deal with the fiancé to speak exclusively on its Sunday Night current affairs program this weekend, reported that Mr Broadbridge says he has spoken to the mystery man who allegedly provided Ms Sainsbury with the drugs.
He also told Channel Seven he had seen “payments” from the mystery group that “lured” her to Colombia.
Mr Broadbridge claims in the video clip that Ms Sainsbury’s trip to Colombia came as a “surprise” to him.
Ms Sainsbury maintains she befriended a man in Bogota, known as Angelo or Tom, who visited her at the hotel at which she was staying.
He allegedly offered to sell her headphones at bargain prices.
Meanwhile, Nine’s 60 Minutes, which has signed an exclusive deal with Ms Sainsbury’s mother and sister, returned serve by posting a teaser on its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon for its piece to screen on Sunday, headlined brazenly as The Real Story.
Australian Cassandra Sainsbury is locked up in a Colombian prison. How on Earth did it get to this?8.30 SUNDAY on #60Mins | The real story.
Posted by 60 Minutes Australia on 2017年5月17日
Ms Sainsbury was later detained at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport police with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine inside 18 headphone packets in her suitcase.
Investigating police have since obtained CCTV footage of the man who visited Ms Sainsbury at the hotel.
A source for the prosecution, who works for the Colombian Attorney-General, told News Corp that her defence case of claiming to have been set up was unlikely to save her from a lengthy jail sentence.
“If they catch you with drugs, you have to accept the punishment for these drugs,” the unnamed source told News Corp via an interpreter.
“Where [the drugs] came from, at this moment, is of no interest to us. It doesn’t have any relevance.
“In this moment, what is important is to determine the situation with the girl who was captured in the airport with cocaine.”
He said that while investigators were searching for the mystery man, this would be treated separately to resolving Ms Sainsbury’s case.