Drug mule headmistress jailed in UK

2012-03-19 09:09

Durban - The former headmistress of a Durban primary school has been jailed in the UK for almost five years for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country.

Annabella Momplé, 46, pleaded guilty to the charge after being arrested at Heathrow Airport in December 2011 with R4.3m worth of cocaine in her luggage, reported the Daily News.

She was formerly the headmistress at Carrington Heights Primary School.

Momplé’s arrest shocked friends and colleagues who thought she had gone away to her uncle’s funeral in Northern Ireland. She told her family she was going to the UK for an education conference.

But instead she travelled to Brazil to pick up the cocaine, which had been soaked into towels.

It was revealed in court that Momplé had become a drug mule to help repay her husband’s gambling debt, which had ruined both of them financially and was about to cost them their house. They were also physically threatened.

Her brother, Paddy Harper, said his sister was a respected educator who had helped many children. He said her family was devastated by the news. They had apparently not been aware of their financial difficulties.

She was apparently also targeted because she had a British passport, meaning she would arouse less suspicion at airport terminals.

  • Shanelle - 2012-03-19 09:17

    You've been a bad, bad girl. No more apples for you!

      roberta.keeling - 2012-03-19 10:41

      Not a very inspiring, well thought out comment there, Shanelle.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-19 11:09

      So what would you like me to say? That’s the nicest thing I could think of. I do feel for her, I really do, but like we are taught at school, you do the crime you do the time. Don't forget what drugs do to people and their families. It tears families apart in the most horrible way and I think until you have experienced it first-hand you have no idea. There must be other ways that she could have sorted this out but she chose the "easy" way. Why didn't she go to her family? They didn't even know about the money problems. No I cannot condone that behaviour at all. I am sorry for her but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Keep in mind there are millions of South Africans who have financial problems and do not resort to drug trafficking. So I am so sorry you were offended by the comment - NOT!!

      mclabuschagne - 2012-03-19 14:56

      @RobertKeeling - I'm 101% with Shanelle. Did you SERIOUSLY expect an inspiring reply? Or wait you might be taking some of the good stuff yourself...

  • Napolita - 2012-03-19 09:39

    Obviously one cannot hope for the ANC to try to help her. I mean she was a model headmistress and with our education standards going down certainly this country needs her. I think they should release her to serve her sentence back home. I am sure should she could even go to some of our less resourced schools to help as part of her sentence.

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:01

      The ANC didn't send her to go traffic drugs, she should be punished severely

      Napolita - 2012-03-19 10:17

      Hahahaaa....gotcha!!!! dumisiledee ever heard of the word "jest"!?!?

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:28

      Sorry I couldn't pick up the sarcasim or should I say I couldn't pick up a joke in that sentence. Thanks for poiting that out, but judging by the number of thumbs down neither did 30 of us pick it up lol. Next time I'll keep an open mind hahahhaha

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-20 00:04

      Napolita, our country needs her, why, is your stockpile running dry? You complete idiot!

  • SARealist - 2012-03-19 09:41

    Pity only a jail sentence, under Shari’ah law there would have been a public execution and then one less drug mule on the planet.

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:02

      Pity indeed SARealist

      Garth - 2012-03-19 11:27

      And I suppose that the rest of the islamic oppression that comes with that `law' is also acceptable to you. Careful what you wish for . . .

  • WigzellRM - 2012-03-19 09:55

    25 years pleeeze! Stop handing out trivial sentences to people who monger death.

  • Marion - 2012-03-19 09:55

    Many people have been ruined financially for various reasons and, instead of resorting to becoming drug mules, have started right at the bottom again. Don't have any sympathy for any drug mule. She is lucky that her destination was the UK and not China...

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:04

      @Marion I'm really sick of people coming up with financial excuses when it comes to drug trafficking forgetting that drugs will be doing more damage than good just to get themselves out of a situation. She's very lucky indeed that it wasn't China.

  • Juan - 2012-03-19 09:59

    Seems like drug mules are fast becoming SA's leading export, and they come from all walks of life. Just makes me proud of being South African

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:29

      Now this jest I could pick up lol

      Ashleigh - 2012-03-20 07:57

      Love it!

  • dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:00

    Yeah she must also rot in jail, every drug mule traffics because of financial problems none of them do it for fun so this one mustn't be an exception just because she is\was an educator. The 23 year old was also a University Student.

  • Patrick - 2012-03-19 10:26

    Is this desperation or what? She obviously loves he LOOSER HUSBAND...wth

  • lsmkhwanaz - 2012-03-19 10:33

    Not so long ago the cry was "hang em all" now all of a sudden this drug mule is a victim! She chose to traffick she too, with her education and what not should be treated as all the other drug mules are ttreated.

      dumisiledee - 2012-03-19 10:42

      Thanks Sam, my sentiments exactly.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-19 11:36

      Yes Sam it was. I wonder why some people think its different this time?

  • Duane - 2012-03-19 10:34

    Oh well, at least she doesn't have to worry about finding the money to pay for a roof over her head or three meals per day for at least the next 5 years.......

  • Gavin - 2012-03-19 10:49

    If you do the crime, you must do the time. I personally believe that drugs like this should legalized so that they can be controlled and taxed. I have no idea how this would be done, but why should all that revenue flow back to the cartels untaxed. The money's could the be used to setup clinics to help people get off their addictions etc. Or am I just being stupid ?

  • Bonjo - 2012-03-19 11:10

    People need to watch Banged up Abroad on ch260 then maybe we'll see a decline in drug trafficking.

  • gerhard.klinger - 2012-03-19 11:14

    Keep her in England jails..... we dont need another criminal.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-19 11:29

    Mam, go to the naughty corner.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-03-19 11:30

    Take responsibility for the choices you made, lady! I hope the SA govt ignores her "plight"! Only wise decision she made was to try to smuggle drugs to the UK instead of China, thus incurring a slap on the wrist instead of a rope around the neck!

  • Mc - 2012-03-19 11:37

    Stupid woman, why not leave his imbecile of a husband to his own perils?

  • mmakgaboe - 2012-03-19 12:05

    SO sad how desperate she got that she even had to resort to such measures. Terribly sad story

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-20 00:12

      not stupid at all just f....d up!!!! Idiot.........

  • guy.goes1 - 2012-03-19 12:55

    Everyone has another sob story to justify their wrongdoings, goes to show intelligence is no excuse for stupidity.

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  • James - 2012-03-19 22:53

    Do the crime do the time!

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-19 23:57

    What empathy do you expect from us your highness Mistress - enjoy your stay, hopefully you at least get enough rats for supper - don't want you to go to bed on a hungry stomach now do we!? I just wonder how many parents think that their children are in good hands whilst their children are at school? Makes you think hey.

  • Chris - 2012-03-20 04:27

    She should get the death penalty!!! Ruining so many lives.....

  • Shana - 2012-03-20 06:35

    I do not feel sorry for people like this at all, let the husband go and get help for his gambling problem, so many innocent lives they destroy at the cost of funding their livestyle. If she got away with it, would she have cared about the many many innocent lives she would have destroyed, hell i don't think so at all. People wake up no matter what your circumstances, what you are doing is so wrong because you are destroying other peoples lives in the process. Everybody goes through a bad time but we start right at the bottom. Even more disgusting for an Educated person

  • Johann - 2012-03-20 06:48

    Should I shed tears and feel sorry for when people steal and murder to feed their habit,everything you do will impact on your live. And yet willingly she went and took drugs into a country knowing that it's against the law,and that it is the destroyer of lives she deserve nothing hope she gets what's coming to her

  • alex.apathetic - 2012-04-06 10:33

    She can be thankful that she was caught UK and not anywhere else. Besides 5 years is a slap on the wrist, she'll be back in no time.

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