Execution fears for ex-PCSO in Indonesian jail
FORMER community policewoman Andrea Waldeck has spoken from inside her Indonesian prison cell about her despair at facing a firing squad.
The 43-year-old former Up Hatherley PCSO, who is charged with smuggling drugs into the country, said she could not bear telling her loved ones of her potential death penalty.
She is charged with smuggling 3lb of methamphetamine – also known as crystal meth – with a street value of about £100,000 on a flight from China to Surabaya in April.
But her plight had been kept secret from her close friends, she said in an interview with The Mail on Sunday, because she could not come to terms with her situation.
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She said: "It wasn't too difficult at first because I'd been living in China for a year before this happened," she said, speaking in the stifling heat of the visitors' enclosure at Surabaya's Medaeng prison. I didn't want my family and friends to find out what had happened. I didn't contact them or let them know for a long time. But in the end it had to come out.
"I've known for some time that the offences I'm charged with carry that sentence so it didn't come as a surprise when it was raised in court.
"I want to write a book about my experiences here."
Working with councillors and youth support workers in Cheltenham, the ex-PCSO used to pass on advice to children in the town about steering clear of drugs.
She became an English teacher in China where, it is believed, she came under the influence of an international drug-smuggling syndicate.
She was strip-searched and officers found drugs hidden in her bra and underwear and taped to her waist.
Sue Bennett, whose husband Ken regularly patrolled the Cheltenham beat with Waldeck, said: "The idea she could be involved in something like this is totally out of character."
She will appear in court again tomorrow.
Death row grandmother Lindsay Sandiford is facing a similar fate after being conviucted of smuggling cocaine into Bali in 2012.