Five fishermen, a stormy night and £53m of cocaine: were the Freshwater Five wrongly convicted?
In the run-up to the pending appeal hearing, we visit the original case. The men known as the Freshwater Five had no previous drug charges, did not live lavish lifestyles, and had no clear distribution plan. Yet after their boat was linked to the discovery of 250kg of cocaine roped together in holdalls and floating in the island’s bay, they received a combined sentence of 104 years in prison. Anna Moore explores how evidence surfaced in 2020 means there is a crucial chance for all five to clear their names. This story was originally published in the Guardian in April 2020.
From The Guardian