But it is possible that it will be the same, just more light when it faces the courtyard, Colombia, on Thursday morning, Australian time.
The Adelaide woman, who is accused of trying to smuggle 5.8 kg of cocaine in the airport in Bogota, colombia, in April, negotiated down to 30-year maximum term of imprisonment of six years, in return for pleading guilty.
Cassie Sainsbury arrives at a court hearing in Bogota, colombia. Photo: Nathan Edwards
But surprisingly in a Bogota courtroom last month, the Senior Judge Sergio Leon delayed the approval of the agreement, after the 22-year-old said she had been â€œcoercedâ€ into carrying the drugs found in her suitcase.
Ms sainsbury’s Colombian lawyer Orlando Herran said nouvelles.com.de the au that it was â€œlikelyâ€ that the judge would mitigate his sentence.
â€œGoing on what the judge said of the agreement, it is likely that the sentence will be lowered a bit, so it could be five years,â€ he said nouvelles.com.de the au, in comments translated from Spanish.
Cassie sainsbury’s attorney Orlando Herran appears to be outside a Bogota court last month. Photo: Vanessa Hunter/The Australian
However, the same lawyer has offered a contradictory prediction when, later, he spoke to News Corp Australia to Bogota.
Mr. Herran said that the case would likely go to trial if she stuck to the story that she had been threatened into smuggling the drugs.
Mr. Herran said Ms. Sainsbury was ignoring the advice of his legal team and his family take six years, plea deal, because she was concerned about her reputation in Australia.
However, a source from the Colombian Fiscalia, or the attorney general, confirmed to the news.com.in the more clement was possible.
â€œHe could say, “As a judge, I can not approve this agreement and to condemn Cassie, when Cassie is saying that she did it because she was threatened,â€ said the source, who spoke to nouvelles.com.de the au on the condition of anonymity.
â€œYes, she is like a victim, so that it may not impose a sentence if she did it consciously, that it was involuntary.
Australian Cassandra Sainsbury attends a court hearing in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 9, in 2017. The 22-year-old was arrested on April 12 at Bogota International airport when they are caught trying to smuggle approximately 6 kilos of cocaine inside packs of headset. Photo: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara
â€œNormally, in nearly almost all cases of mules who carry the drugs in their clothes, inside their body, or a fake bag compartments, these mules, they are doing it consciously because they know that they are going to give them money. “I am negotiating with someone with the mafia, I’m going for the transport of the drug, and they will pay me, OK”.
â€œWhat Cassie is to say that I think that it is very rare. It is not very normal that a person says that they have been the transport of drugs due to threats.
â€œIn this case, if the judge sees it as a victim, he can not give him a sentence as if it was in the process of doing business to make money. It is a different thing.
â€œIn this case, the judge could say that she was a victim.â€
Cassie Sainsbury’s mother Lisa Evans at the inside of the court in Bogota. Photo: Vanessa Hunter/The Australian
The source said the judge may also order the prosecution to further investigate who allegedly threatened Ms Sainsbury and exposing the drug network she is involved with.
It is also possible that the judge, after two weeks of review, could approve the six-year or send the case to trial.
Mr. Herran said he was â€œpleasedâ€ with the outcome of the hearing on 26 July.
Cassie sainsbury’s fiancÃ© Scott Bainbridge arrives at her hearing in Bogota. Photo: Vanessa Hunter/The Australian
â€œThe hearing was very positive, the judge was very interested in knowing Cassandra situation in all areas, social, economic, and family. And all this was said very respectfully to all the rights of Cassandra,â€ he said nouvelles.com.de the au.
Ms Sainsbury has proposed various explanations for why she was found with drugs, since his arrest in April.
She initially told the police that she did not know the drug in her suitcase.
Cassandra Sainsbury, of Australia, arrives for a hearing at the court in Bogota, Colombia, on July 26. Photo: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara
Later, she said that she had knowingly smuggled the drugs because of a mystery drug cartel has threatened to kill her and her family.
Ms Sainsbury will appear before the judge of Bogota again about 5 o’clock in the morning Australian eastern standard time on Thursday.