Cassie Sainsbury’s mother is seen breaking down in tears in a preview for the family’s tell-all interview with 60 Minutes.
Channel Nine assisted the accused cocaine smuggler’s mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury with their travel to Colombia this week, the first time they have been near her since the 22-year-old’s arrest on April 11.
Channel 9 said reports that the interview cost $1 million were ‘ludicrous’ but it was pursuing the story as it was a ‘national interest’.
Sainsbury was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine hidden inside black plastic packaging in her suitcase at El Dorado International Airport.
Cassie Sainsbury’s mother is seen breaking down in tears in a preview for the family’s tell-all interview with 60 Minutes
She has languished in the overcrowded El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota since her arrest but maintains her innocence.
In a sneak peek ahead of Sunday’s program, Ms Evans is seen sitting in a car telling her daughter over the phone: ‘I’m here to help you, we’re sitting around the corner.’
Later, she is seen collapsing on the ground in tears.
It comes after reports that Sainsbury is being well looked after in the Colombian prison and sharing a cell with a fellow Australian.
Her case is also swiftly proceeding through the country’s justice system and she’s signed a document revealing that it is moving to the Supreme Court.
The latest news on the 22-year-old, who has been languishing in the El Buen Pastor prison for more than a month after being arrested, came from a segment on the Kyle and Jackie O show on Friday.
The presenters tasked producer Pedro, who has been working on the show for around six months, with finding a scoop on Sainsbury in an hour or less.
Sainsbury’s mother (right) is seen sitting in a car telling her daughter over the phone: ‘I’m here to help you, we’re sitting around the corner’
Cassie Sainsbury is reportedly being well looked after and sharing her Colombian jail cell with a fellow Australian
A producer on Kyle and Jackie O’s radio show says he was provided with an interview authorisation form (pictured) that was filled out by Sainsbury herself
While Pedro had no money to spend to help him, he was armed with a vital tool – the ability to speak Spanish.
‘We didn’t give you a budget of a million dollars like 60 Minutes are rumoured to be paying,’ Kyle says. ‘We gave you a budget of zero dollars.’
Jackie O adds: ‘Just the ability to talk Spanish. So what did you do, Pedro, and what have you come up with?’
Pedro replies: ‘The first thing that I tried to do was contact some people that I know from overseas, in South America.’
He contacted his uncle, who lives in Medellín, and he was able to provide him with the number of the women’s prison where Sainsbury is being held.
Pedro said he managed to reach a guard at the jail, but was then directed to the jail’s media department.
He says: ‘So what I did, I emailed the gentleman and I asked him, ‘Hey, can I speak to a guard? Can I speak to Cassie? Can I speak to anyone who can give me information?’
The latest news come from Pedro, an employee of the Kyle and Jackie O show, after the presenters (pictured) who tasked him with getting a scoop on Sainsbury in an hour
Pedro says he was then provided with an interview authorisation form that was filled out by Sainsbury herself.
‘It has her full name, her passport number, her fingerprint, everything there. It’s a legit document,’ he says.
He explains that the form had two boxes – one for accused and the other for sentenced – and that this document was marked sentenced.
‘Now, as far as we’re concerned and all the media’s concerned in Australia, she hasn’t been sentenced at all, she’s accused but in this box, she actually ticked sentenced,’ he says.
‘That’s when I got a bit worried cause I thought that’s a bit different to what I’ve heard so what I’ve done is called up a different number that is at the bottom of that paper.
‘I called up and confirmed she hasn’t been sentenced with years of jail just yet but she’s been sentenced to go to the Supreme Court.’
At this stage, Kyle notes that Sainsbury has indicated in a handwritten note that she does not wish to be contacted by any media.
‘Yeah, that’s why we couldn’t get her on the phone,’ Pedro says.
But he adds that he was able to get more information out of the person he spoke to – including that Sainsbury is staying in cell block five with other English-speaking inmates including an Australian woman.
While the conversation with the jail spokesman is in Spanish, Pedro translates.
‘She’s saying she spoke to her boss that morning, [Cassie] is in block five, she’s in good conditions and she’s been put in with other people that speak English in her cell.
‘She’s not the only one that speaks English.
‘So they’ve helped her out, they’ve put her in a cell where there are people from other countries, another Australian would help her out.’
Scott Broadbridge (left, with Sainsbury) says her flight to Colombia was a surprise to him
And although he did try to speak to that Australian, Pedro had no luck.
‘I did try, they couldn’t give me that information, they couldn’t give it to me, they couldn’t even give me a name, I tried to find it,’ he said.
But he noted that the tidbits he was given appear to contradict reports that Sainsbury is being treated badly in the jail.
He added: ‘It’s going against all the media reports that are going at the moment that she’s getting bullied and harassed, that she’s not getting looked after by anyone.
‘It’s all hashtag ‘fake news.’ I’ve confirmed with the jail, they’ve been comforting her, putting her in a cell with other people.
‘The news is that she is being looked after, she’s been put in a cell with other people who speak English, it’s not as bad as the media in Australia are making it to look.’
In a soon to air interview with Channel Seven, Scott Broadbridge (pictured) has reportedly conceded Sainsbury will admit her role in an international drug syndicate
Sainsbury, who is still behind bars in Colombia, is understood to have given her fiancé (pictured) permission to sell his side of the story
It comes after the revelation that Sainsbury is expected to confess to acting as a cocaine mule.
In a soon-to-air interview with Channel Seven, her fiancé Scott Broadbridge has reportedly conceded that she was admit her role in an international drug syndicate.
Sainsbury is understood to have given her husband-to-be permission to sell his side of the story.
In a promo for the tell-all, Mr Broadbridge is expected to reveal what he knows about the syndicate.