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Australia Deeply religious woman from the US who was duped into smuggling 1kg of cocaine into Australia after being groomed online has her sentence slashed

16:50  13 november  2019
16:50  13 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A US woman who was duped into importing cocaine into Australia has had her sentenced reduced and could be released as early as next year. Woodrum was duped into importing 1 kg of powder, which contained 756g of pure cocaine , in her luggage after meeting a man who gave his name as

Denise Woodrum had argued that she was duped into drug smuggling by a fake internet suitor. Her lawyer, Rebecca Neil, had described her client as a deeply religious and socially isolated She had told authorities that she had no knowledge of the drugs and "it was supposed to be just clothes"

a person posing for the camera: Denise Marie Woodrum (pictured), who was duped into smuggling 1kg of cocaine into Australia in 2017, has had her seven-and-a-half year sentence reduced to five years© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Denise Marie Woodrum (pictured), who was duped into smuggling 1kg of cocaine into Australia in 2017, has had her seven-and-a-half year sentence reduced to five years

A woman from Missouri, USA, who was duped into importing cocaine into Australia has had her sentenced reduced and could be released as early as next year.

Denise Marie Woodrum had her sentenced reduced on appeal by NSW Supreme Court Justices Fabian Gleeson, Ian Harrison and Richard Cavanagh after it was found it was 'unreasonable and plainly unjust'.

Woodrum pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of cocaine after Australian Border Force found traces of the drug when she landed at Sydney airport in August 2017.

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A US woman who was conned into importing cocaine into Australia has had her sentence Woodrum pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of cocaine after Australian Border Force The devoutly religious woman , who was 50 at the time of the offence, was in 2018 sentenced by

She asked officials at the airport: 'How much did they put in the shoes?'

The devoutly religious woman, who was 50 at the time of the offence, was in 2018 sentenced by NSW District Court Judge Penelope Wass to seven-and-a-half years jail with a non-parole period of four-and-a-half years.

However her sentence was quashed on appeal and she was jailed for a maximum of five years with a non-parole period of three years.

With time served, she could be out of prison on August 3, 2020.

'In my opinion, the sentence imposed upon Ms Woodrum was unreasonable and plainly unjust,' Justice Harrison said in his judgment.

Woodrum was duped into importing 1kg (2.2lbs) of powder, which contained 756g of pure cocaine, in her luggage after meeting a man who gave his name as 'Hendrik Cornelius' online.

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Woodrum was found to be carrying almost 1. 1 kg of powder, containing 756.4g of pure cocaine . In the fortnight prior to arriving in Australia she had flown from Missouri to Trinidad Tobago and then She said she was duped into sending money to Cornelius and committing the crime “on the promise

A Missouri nun smuggled 2 pounds of cocaine into Australia using her high heels — but claims she was duped into the act by a man she met online . Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was caught arriving into Sydney Airport last August while making her way through customs

The pair exchanged hundreds of messages between April and August 2017 and professed their love for each other, despite having never met face to face.

In one text to 'Hendrik' in July 2017, she professed: 'I want to be together always no matter what 'family first'. You are my Only and First true Family!!! All My Love Darling. Sweet Dreams!'

Woodrum pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of cocaine after Australian Border Force found to have drugs stuffed into the heel of her shoes© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Woodrum pleaded guilty to importing a marketable quantity of cocaine after Australian Border Force found to have drugs stuffed into the heel of her shoes a desk with a computer mouse: Justice Harrison said the sentence imposed on Woodrum for the smuggling of cocaine in shoes (pictured) was 'unreasonable and plainly unjust'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Justice Harrison said the sentence imposed on Woodrum for the smuggling of cocaine in shoes (pictured) was 'unreasonable and plainly unjust'

Woodrum was forced into bankruptcy after she loaned 'Hendrik' money because he said his son was in a coma following a car crash in Dubai.

As a result he 'pulled' her into bringing 'museum clothes' into Australia and another man known as 'Vincent' gave her one bag of luggage and put extra pieces into her personal bag.

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She asked 'Hendrick' whether there were drugs in the luggage, which he denied.

Justice Harrison said she was guilty of 'stunning naivete' but had no role in the planning of the crime.

'The deception practised upon Ms Woodrum is clear and significant,' Justice Harrison said.

'It importantly informs the assessment of her moral culpability.'

She had already been having a tough time in the run up to being duped. Woodrum had been living and teaching in California until her marriage fell apart.

She moved to their home in Montana but within a year was forced to liquidate her assets and move into her father's condo near the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

a close up of a flag hanging on a wall: When the cocaine was uncovered at the Sydney Airport in 2017 She asked officials at the airport: 'How much did they put in the shoes?'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited When the cocaine was uncovered at the Sydney Airport in 2017 She asked officials at the airport: 'How much did they put in the shoes?'

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