Pensioner couple accused of smuggling drugs insist they paid for cruises through ‘hard work’

Pensioner couple accused of smuggling drugs insist they paid for cruises through 'hard work'

“I have known Lee and Dee for years,” Mr Clarke insisted. In court Mr Clarke said that Dee, also known as George Wilmot, was his “original friend” who worked with Lee. 
“My wife met them, Lee came out to our home in Spain with his wife on holiday.
“We went to two weddings in Jamaica of the people importing the fruit.
“We thought they were genuine friends and we were just happy to do them a favour.”
The couple, who have only been allowed occasional visits since last December and spent the first three months after their arrests apart, held hands after their handcuffs were removed before Mr Clarke gave his evidence.
Mrs Clarke, wearing a pink top and black trousers, obliged as her husband put his brown cardigan around her shoulders and whispered: “Keep it round you, keep warm.”
She later declined to add to her husband’s testimony with her own version of events.
Mr Clarke said his wife only knew Lee and Dee and their partners socially and never accompanied him during his cruise stopovers to negotiate fruit sales.
But he admitted she knew about his business interests and they both confessed in court they took the last two suitcases found to contain drugs aboard their cruise liner together from a bar in a duty-free area by the ship.

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