Australian convicted cocaine smuggler Cassie Sainsbury says she is the happiest she’s ever been after becoming engaged to a fellow female prisoner.
The 24-year-old, who was dubbed ‘Cocaine Cassie’ after her arrest in Colombia in 2017, has revealed to New Idea she’s set to marry a Venezuelan woman named Joli, 29.
“It’s very overwhelming because it’s not something that I exactly expected from all of this, that’s for sure. At first we took it very slowly … and here we are!” Cassie told the publication.
Cassie said her new relationship began to blossom about nine months ago.
She described her soon-to-be wife as a “strong character” who is very outgoing and helps her take her mind off her surroundings.
Cassie is serving a six-year sentence in El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota but she said it hasn’t stopped the couple from planning their nuptials.
Joli is serving a jail term for theft and will be released in January. Cassie is up for parole in April.
The pair told the publication they hope to marry next year, pending Cassie’s release, on a Colombian beach.
“Joli says she will wait for me [when she is out], and she’ll come back and visit me. I’ll definitely be going back home after. I’d like to bring her back,” she told New Idea.
Cassie revealed Joli proposed to her with a ring she had brought in from the outside and a decorated banner.
“A huge amount of people were watching me! She doesn’t speak English, she was trying to learn English to propose. It was quite cute! I said yes, of course.”
The 24-year-old, who learned to speak Spanish in prison, was previously engaged to Scott Broadbridge at the time of her arrest.
The pair split up after she was sentenced for trying to smuggle 5.8kgs out of Colombia. Cassie said they have no contact with each other.
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