SA drug mule gets 15 years in Thai jail

2012-06-18 11:46
Nolubabalo Nobanda. (File, Rapport)

Nolubabalo Nobanda. (File, Rapport)

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Dreadlock drug mule appears in court

2012-03-20 09:13

The young Eastern Cape woman arrested at a Bangkok airport for carrying drugs in her dreadlocks has appeared in a Thai court for the first time. Nolubabalo Nobanda was arrested by Thai authorities three months ago.WATCH

Cape Town - South African drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda was on Monday sentenced to 15 years in a Thailand prison and fined R250 000.

The sentencing was confirmed by the office of the South African ambassador in Thailand, EWN.
 
Nobanda’s sentence was actually 30 years but reduced to 15 because she co-operated and pleaded guilty, according to international relations and co-operations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

The Eastern Cape woman was arrested at Bangkok International Airport in December for smuggling cocaine, worth R1.2m, which was hidden in her dreadlocks.

The former Wits University student said she was meant to hand it over to a contact at a hotel in Bangkok.

Nobanda will begin her prison sentence immediately.

A year or two may be added to her 15-year jail term if she does not pay the R250 000 fine, the ambassador’s office said.

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