Australian drug trafficker breaks silence on hellish 7 years in Thai jail

An Australian woman convicted of drug trafficking has damaged her silence about her hellish seven years behind bars in a maximum-security prison in Bangkok, Thailand.
Holly Deane-Johns was spared the death sentence and handed 31 years in jail in 2003 after pleading guilty to attempting to publish 10.6 grams of heroin from Thailand to Australia in 2000 when she was 29 years previous. She is now 51.
Deane-Johns spent seven years in horrendous situations within the cramped Lard Yao Women’s Prison in Bangkok before she was transferred to a jail in Perth in 2007.
The Australian stated she was shoved right into a tiny five-by-six metre cell with 120 ladies.
The prisoners slept piled on high of each other like sardines and would lose their spot if they obtained up to make use of the toilet, she stated.
On Professional of occasions, Deane-Johns said she awoke with different people’s interval blood on her. That’s how tightly the women were packed in the hot cell.
She often found stones, hair and maggots in her food but generally simply opted to go hungry because she couldn’t bare it.
Deane-Johns told the West Australian…
“Everything was harsh, even things as small as a toothache could turn into something big.”
One girl ripped a rotten tooth out of her mouth with a set of pliers, she mentioned.
The heroin trafficker revealed the most heartbreaking second within the jail when she misplaced her pal Aong after a long battle with AIDS…
“I watched from my cell as two guys picked her up in a bag and swung her three times earlier than throwing her into a truck like a sack of potatoes. You could hear the thud and I was like, ‘That’s my mate.’”
Being the only Aussie in the jail, Deane-Johns mentioned she wished to blend in so she dyed her black, discovered Thai and sold meals, toiletries and silk flowers that she made to inmates.
Deane-Johns even reached out to Schapelle Corby, an Australian girl convicted of importing medicine into Indonesia when she was discovered with four.2 kilograms of hashish inside her boogie board bag at Bali Airport in 2004.
From inside her jail cell in Bangkok, Deane-Johns wrote a letter advising Corby to stay silent. She doesn’t know if Corby ever obtained the letter.
Corby served 9 years imprisoned in Bali for a crime she nonetheless denies to this present day. She says she doesn’t understand how the cannabis obtained into her luggage.
A western Australian lady, Debbie Singh, helped Deane-Johns get transferred to an Australian prison. Debbie’s brother John Singh was the first ever Australian to be transferred from a Thai jail in 2003 after he was jailed for fraud in Thailand in 1997.
In 2007, Deane-Johns was able to be transferred to Bandyup Prison in Perth thanks to an extradition treaty signed between Thailand and Australia in 2002.
Australian inmates in Thailand may be sent to serve their sentence of their house nation so long as their repatriation is paid for they usually finish their sentence behind bars.
Former Premier of Western Australia Carmen Lawrence, Labour Party member Graham Edwards and former MP John Hyde also helped in transferring Deane-Johns to Bandyup.
In 2012, Deane-Johns was released from jail. She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress dysfunction following her launch. Now, she works as an Uber driver.
One day, Deane-Johns hopes to share her full story, which she has recorded in a doc referred to as “Holly’s Hell – My Long Road Home.”
Lard Yao Women’s Prison is part of Klong Prem Central Prison, a most safety prison in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district housing as much as 20,000 inmates together with those on death row..

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