The fiance of accused drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury is now considered a ‘person of interest’ to Colombian prosecutors investigating the 5.8kg of cocaine found concealed in her bag.
Scott Broadbridge, 23, is set to be questioned over his knowledge of Ms Sainsbury’s trip to Colombia as his fiancee’s trial draws closer on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes on Sunday night.
‘We have established here, had it confirmed from the prosecutor’s office, that the Colombian prosecutor now considers Scott, the fiance, a person of interest in the investigation,’ reporter Liam Bartlett said, according to the Herald Sun.
Ms Sainsbury together with her Australian fiance Scott Broadbridge who visited her in Colombia this week
Cassandra Sainsbury’s fiance Mr Broadbridge (pictured) arrived in Bogota on Thursday and is now considered a person of interest
Mr Broadbridge has made explosive claims his fiancee (right) was lured to Colombia
‘They want to interview him — sit down and ask him some questions. Over here, from what I can gather, the prosecutor’s office has to rely on Scott volunteering to sit down,’ Mr Bartlett added.
Mr Broadbridge has made explosive claims the accused drug mule was lured to Colombia by fellow Australians.
In a bizarre twist in the case he also told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program that he has seen payments from the mystery group of Australians who reportedly led her to danger.
He has suggested Sainsbury is likely to plead guilty to being a drug mule for a mystery international syndicate, despite continuing to protest her innocence.
There are no suggestions Mr Broadbridge will face any charges.
Mr Broadbridge’s exclusive interview with Sunday Night airs the same night as 60 Minutes’ segment with Ms Sainsbury’s mother and sister in Bogota.
The separate interviews will shed light on the alleged ugly family feud waging between Ms Sainsbury’s fiance and her family.
Before her arrest in Colombia Ms Sainsbury and her mother Lisa Evans were not speaking, it was revealed.
Footage of Ms Sainsbury’s mother breaking down in tears during the filming of the 60 Minutes documentary was also released.
In the documentary, which is due to air on Channel Nine on Sunday, Ms Sainsbury’s mother Ms Evans is shown slumped over on the ground sobbing outside the Colombian prison where her daughter remains behind bars.
Before her arrest in Colombia Ms Sainsbury and her mother Lisa Evans were not speaking, it was revealed
Overcome with emotion, Ms Evans (centre) is seen doubled over on the ground as she is comforted by her daughter Khala Sainsbury (left) and a crewman from 60 Minutes (right)
‘Hey Cass, it’s mum, I’m here to help you. We’re sitting around the corner,’ Ms Evans said talking to Ms Sainsbury on the phone
Overcome with emotion, Ms Evans can be heard grasping for air and complaining she is unable to breathe.
‘Hey Cass, it’s mum, I’m here to help you. We’re sitting around the corner,’ Ms Evans said.
Ms Sainsbury’s sister Khala Sainsbury is also pictured on the ground alongside her grief-stricken mother in an attempt to comfort her.
The pair reportedly sold their story to the Channel Nine program for approximately $1million.
Channel 9 said the interview costing $1 million was ‘ludicrous’ but it was pursuing the story as it was a ‘national interest’.
Ms Sainsbury’s mother and sister travelled to Colombia this week for the first time since her arrest on April 11 when she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in her suitcase at El Dorado International Airport.
Meanwhile a source from the Colombian police prosecuting Ms Sainsbury revealed a mystery black man who visited her in a Bogota hotel would unlikely save her from a lengthy stint in jail.
The source said the mystery man was irrelevant to Ms Sainsbury’s legal case, despite her claim he tricked her into trafficking 5.8kg of cocaine.
Ms Sainsbury pictured with 18 bags containing 5.8kg of cocaine in total, which were found in her suitcase on April 11
Ms Sainsbury appears happy as she waves from behind bars at El Buen Pastor for film crews
Ms Sainsbury’s mother and sister visited her at El Buen Pastor in Colombia for the first time since her arrest on April 11
Ms Sainsbury, a 22-year-old from South Australia, was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in her suitcase at El Dorado International Airport in Colombia on April 11.
‘If they catch you with drugs, you have to accept the punishment for these drugs,’ a source for the prosecution told News.com.au.
‘Where [the drugs] came from, at this moment, is of no interest to us. It doesn’t have any relevance.’
The source for the prosecution, who works for the Colombian Fiscalia, said the justice system was not postponing Ms Sainsbury’s case to look for the mystery man.
‘They can’t leave someone waiting while they look for the person who supposedly tricked them,’ he said.
Colombian police have sourced the CCTV footage from the Bogota hotel where Ms Sainsbury stayed for eight days before her arrest in search for the mystery man, but say he is irrelevant to her legal case
Ms Sainsbury, 22-year-old from South Australia, has maintained her innocence since the day she was caught
The Adelaide woman claimed she was set up by a man named ‘Angelo’ who promised her 18 sets of discounted headphones as gifts for her wedding party.
She said the 18 packages wrapped in black plastic containing the cocaine were given to her the morning of her flight.
She denied she knew the packages were full of drugs and has maintained her innocence since.
The Fiscalia source said police secured CCTV footage from the Bogota hotel where Ms Sainsbury was visited by the mystery man in an effort to track him down because he was potentially breaking the law.
But he said the police search was separate to their case against Ms Sainsbury.
Ms Sainsbury is seen leaving her Bogota hotel where staff say a mystery man visited her
Ms Sainsbury pictured together with the suitcase which contained 5.8kg of cocaine
While he said the Fiscalia investigated the mystery man, he said its priority was to resolve Ms Sainsbury’s case.
CCTV footage obtained from the Bogota hotel where Ms Sainsbury stayed for eight days before her arrest will not be released to the public until it is shown in court, for fear the man could go into hiding if he sees himself.
Ms Sainsbury remains behind bars in notorious Colombian prison El Buen Pastor, where she was jailed following her arrest on April 11, just over a week after she arrived in South America on April 3.
Ms Sainsbury will remain in prison while she awaits a court date.
Her Colombian lawyer Orlando Herran has encouraged Ms Sainsbury to plead guilty because she will likely be given a shorter jail sentence.
Ms Sainsbury faces 15-20 years in jail if she pleads innocent but is found guilty and faces five to 10 years if she pleads guilty.
Ms Sainsbury pictured following her arrest on April 11 when she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in her suitcase at El Dorado International Airport on her way home to Australia, bypassing London
Cassandra Sainsbury’s mother Lisa Evans (pictured) visited her daughter in a notorious Colombian prison this week