Brit Laura Plummer has spoken about being protected by a six foot woman while she was locked up in an Egyptian prison.
The shop worker finally landed at Heathrow Airport yesterday after spending 14 months in prison after being convicted of drugs offences.
The 34-year-old was caught with 290 tramadol tablets at Hurghada International Airport on October 9, 2017, and was initially given a three year prison sentence.
She maintained she did not know tramadol, which is only available on prescription in the UK, was illegal in Egypt.
Despite claiming the tablets were for partner Omar Caboo, who had a bad back, she was sent to the notorious Al Qanater prison in Cairo, Hull Live reports.
There she was protected by a fearsome woman Mama Amy, she revealed.
Laura told The Sun she was taken into Mama Amy’s care after after being robbed of her jewellery, shoes and diamante purse.
During one trip she told her mum to stop bringing her home comforts as: "they’re just taking it from me. It’s pointless. I’ll go back inside the cell and there’ll just grab it. There’s nothing I can do to stop them."
Laura was taken in by Mama Amy, who vowed to look after her during her three-year sentence. She said she was then treated like a celebrity and other prisoners eventually offered to paint her nails and begged to do her hair.
Laura said: "I loved Mama Amy. She looked after me behind bars, fed me and made sure I was protected.
"She was like a mother figure. I don’t know what I would have done without her. It’s strange but I miss the girls now. They all became friends over time and you start to see their lives in context.
"I hate drugs, I hate drug dealers but some of these women are in for 25 years and they’ve done it to support their families."
Laura said another fellow inmate was a British woman who was 10 years into a 25-year stretch for drug smuggling. Laura, of east Hull, said she was introduced to Michelle, who repeatedly took her to church after turning to religion.
Laura said: "I asked her what she was in for and she said drug smuggling. She said she’s previously served time in Peru for the same offence.
"I couldn’t believe it. I asked her why she hadn’t learnt her lesson first time round. She looked at me and replied: ‘I fancied a holiday in Egypt and thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.’"
Laura thanked all her supporters and said she thought her ordeal would never end.
She said: "I would like to thank everyone for supporting me through this, especially my family. Words cannot describe how I feel – I thought this would never end."
Her two sisters described their reunion as the happiest day of their lives.
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