British woman Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt for carrying painkillers

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The British tourist facing drug smuggling charges over painkillers she took to Egypt has arrived in court to hear her fate.

Plummer has been detained in Egypt since her arrest in October, though her legal team is now debating whether to appeal the decision.

She wept as she appeared before a judge in handcuffs on Christmas morning and was suddenly handed a three-year sentence for the charge of drug smuggling, the report said. "She doesnt deserve that", Rachel said.

Plummer was arrested on arrival from Britain in October, and her detention was extended twice prior to her court appearance.

Laura Plummer, 33, could face the death sentence if she is found guilty of the charges leveled against her.

"After she was sentenced to three years, she was then put in a cage, like an animal". When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl?

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Her 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. "That's her life. She's a normal person".

A spokesman from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

He added: "The evidence is pretty clear that she didn't know the drug was banned and she was taking it out there to help her boyfriend, who has come up with the evidence that he does suffer from a severe back problem".

The woman is being held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9. One of Plummer's sisters, Jayne Sinclair, told the BBC that not even her husband knew she was bringing in the pills to warn her of their status in the country.

Karl Turner, the MP for Hull East, told Sky News the hearing was adjourned to find Ms Plummer another interpreter.