An aged Chatham gran caught smuggling £1million has died in jail in Portugal following a battle with breast most cancers.
Susan Clarke, 72, died in agony and alone within the Portuguese jail, the place she was serving eight years.
As her situation worsened she was allowed a ultimate go to from husband Roger, 73, two years after they have been locked up in separate jails.
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A supply stated Susan had been as a result of return to England to complete her time period and being with out her household in her ultimate hours will need to have been “torture”.
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They stated: “She was handed a life sentence – left to die in a international jail with no family members round her.
“4 weeks in the past she was given one final go to with Roger. They noticed one another by a Perspex window.
“She had a lump in her throat which meant she couldn’t truly converse.
“She was battling breast most cancers however the medical doctors in Portugal determined that there was nothing they may do for her, in order that they stopped her remedy.
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“She was in a lot ache. Roger appears to suppose they’d received a battle to come back again to the UK to, so he’s devastated that she wasn’t effectively sufficient to make the transfer.”
The couple have been arrested after a tip-off because the Marco Polo liner sailed into Lisbon from the Caribbean in December 2018.
Police discovered 20lb of cocaine within the linings of 4 suitcases.
They claimed they’d been conned by crooks into carrying them – however each have been jailed for eight years in September 2019.
Prosecutors stated the pair have been drug mules smuggling cocaine destined for the UK who used 4 cruises in two years as a entrance for his or her crimes making as much as £26,500 per journey.
Susan was put in Lisbon’s rat-infested EP Tires jail, the place she shared a 10x10ft cell with three others. It’s residence to critical offenders, together with murderers
Six months after being sentenced, the previous secretary instructed us she had misplaced two and-a-half-stone, and feared she wouldn’t make it out of jail alive.
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“My well being is horrible. I’ve been handed a loss of life sentence. My fear is I’ll be leaving in a field.”
Susan, who has eight grandchildren and one nice grandchild, wept as she went on: “We really feel utterly deserted. The International Workplace has ignored us, Boris Johnson has not helped
“I can perceive why folks may imagine we’re responsible however we’re not.”
The couple, from Chatham, Kent, who claimed they thought they have been smuggling unique fruit, have been earlier caught smuggling 240kg of hashish into Norway in 2010.
After serving time, they moved to a villa in Guardamar, on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Roger has now been transferred from his cell within the EP Lisboa jail to a lower-security website.
The International Workplace stated: “We’re supporting the household of a British lady who died in Portugal.
Cells shared with rats
Lisbon’s EP Tires is residence to 400 feminine prisoners, together with killers.
Housed in 10ft-square cells infested with rats, they’re put to work making garments, carpets or different objects and given classes in residence economics, languages and maternal care.
Brit inmates have included carer Sophie Gray, then 25, from Llangovan, Wales, who spent greater than three months there whereas accused of assaulting a policeman in 2017, earlier than being launched.
On the time, dad Roger stated: “They’ve two hours the place they’re allowed out right into a concrete yard however that’s it. It’s bleak.”