‘I thought my nightmare would never end’: Brit Laura Plummer – who spent 14 months in Egyptian jail for drug-smuggling – sobs as she finally arrives home in UK and is greeted by her tearful sisters
- Laura looked emotional as she arrived home at London Heathrow this afternoon
- She broke down as she landed on home soil and was comforted by her sisters
- The 34-year-old said at times she thought her Cairo nightmare would never end
- Laura, from Hull, was dramatically granted early release from jail term yesterday
- Police marched her to the airport leaving her unable to wish her partner goodbye
- She was jailed on Boxing Day 2017 for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into Egypt
Brit Laura Plummer wept today as she arrived home after her 14-month Cairo jail hell for carrying illegal painkillers.
The 34-year-old wept as she landed at Heathrow Airport and walked into the arms of her tear sisters.
Laura, from Hull, broke down when she was asked if it felt good to be home.
She told MailOnline: ‘At times I thought this nightmare would never end.
‘What should have been a two-week holiday in the sun turned into a 15-month trip to hell.
‘I’d like to thank everybody who supported me throughout this, especially my family.’
Her sister Rachel told how everyone ‘clapped and cheered’ when the captain welcomed her home as the plane landed.
She added: ‘We’ll probably just have some food and go to bed later.’
They were joined for hugs with their sister Jayne, who’d flown with Laura, as they posed for pictures again outside the London airport terminal.
Brit Laura Plummer (right) wept today as she arrived home after her 14-month Cairo jail hell for carrying illegal painkillers and into the arms of her sister Rachel (left)
Laura (centre) sobbed as she was reunited with her sisters Rachel (right) and Jayne (left). When asked if it felt good to be home, she said: ‘At times I thought this nightmare would never end’
Laura Plummer (left) has flown home from Egypt after a 14-month ordeal in prison but said she had been denied the chance to say goodbye to her partner Omar Saad (right)
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Laura was granted an early release from her three-year sentence for taking 290 Tramadol tablets into the country.
She said police had led her into the airport terminal, denying her the chance to say goodbye to her Egyptian partner Omar Saad.
But she hinted she could return to the country to see her partner, for whom she said she had brought the tablets.
As she prepared to fly home last night she told how Mr Saad had stood by her during her ordeal.
She refused to rule out returning to the Red Sea resort to see him again after he had ‘refused to give up on her, adding: ‘Our love has survived the most traumatic of ordeals. For that reason I can’t say I won’t ever go back’.
Miss Plummer was arrested by Egyptian authorities on October, 9 2017, when she flew into the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from Manchester Airport.
She claimed she was taking the tablets – which are legal in the UK but banned in Egypt – for Mr Saad, who suffers from severe back pain, and had no idea what she was doing was wrong.
Miss Plummer and Mr Saad had an Orfi marriage, which is not registered with the state but allows them to share a hotel room.
She was initially charged with smuggling drugs, which carries the death penalty.
She was comforted by her sisters Jayne (left), who had travelled to Egypt with their mother Roberta to collect her and sister Rachel (right), who was waiting for her at Heathrow
Ms Plummer’s family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo (pictured together), who suffers from severe back pain
Miss Plummer was last seen sitting in the front row of a church during Easter mass inside Cairo’s Al Qanater prison in April last year
Ms Plummer was sentenced to three years inside the notorious Al Qanater prison in Cairo (pictured) but she was granted an early release
But the charge was dropped and she was jailed on Boxing Day in 2017 for possessing the painkillers.
She served time in a notorious Cairo prison where conditions were said to be ‘horrendous’
The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just ‘daft’.
They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.
Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a communal cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ‘We are pleased Laura is now able to reunite with her family.
‘Our staff provided extensive support to Laura and her family during her imprisonment, visiting her regularly to check her welfare, and maintaining close contact with both her family and lawyer.’
Her mother Roberta and sisters Rachel and Jayne (pictured during a TV appearance last year) have been anxiously waiting news
Photos from inside the prison show the grizzly conditions Ms Plummer has had to endure
Timeline: How did Laura Plummer end up in an Egyptian jail?
Ms Sinclair said the family have had no contact with Laura but have had an update from Omar which gave them small comfort. Pictured: Laura (right) with her two sisters
October 9, 2017: Laura Plummer is arrested at Egyptian airport after she is found in possession of 290 banned painkillers
October 10: She sends desperate text to her father saying ‘Dad, please answer your phone, I am in trouble’
November 4: Her family visit her from the UK for the first time in an Egyptian holding cell
November 21: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attempts to intervene in the case but Ms Plummer’s lawyer says it is pointless
December 26: Ms Plummer is jailed for three years following a trial in an Egyptian courthouse
January 9, 2018: She is moved to a crowded Cairo prison, where conditions are said to be ‘horrendous’
January 10: Humberside Police back in England reveal a review into how Ms Plummer obtained the painkillers
January 26: Foreign Office sources reveal plans to give Ms Plummer a presidential pardon
January 29: The pardon is inexplicably withdrawn, with the Foreign Office claiming ‘a mistake’ was made
September 25: Laura is left ‘devastated’ after losing an appeal against her three-year sentence
January 28, 2019: Miss Plummer is granted an early release and is moved from jail to a police station
January 29: The 34-year-old flies home saying the 14-month ordeal has ‘been like living a nightmare’
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