In April of this year, 22-year-old Cassandra Sainsbury was arrested at Boogota’s El Dorado international airport, with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine in her suitcase.
Last night, Sainsbury spoke for the first time to the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program, and said she knowingly trafficked drugs.
Sainsbury told reporter Liam Bartlett she accepted a job as an international courier. Her understanding was that she was being paid $10,000 to transport documents. When she arrived in Colombia, it became clear that wasn’t the case.
According to Sainsbury, she did not want to go through with the job once she found out what it entailed.
A man named Angelo, who had orchestrated the illicit trade, allegedly threatened Cassie, presenting her with surveillance pictures of her mother, sister and fiance back in Adelaide.
Angelo, Sainsbury says, threatened to kill her loved ones if she did not transport the drugs.
There’s evidence, she insists. It’s sitting in Whatsapp on her phone, a messaging app ideal for international communication.
But there’s just one problem.
She’s forgotten her pattern password.
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Indeed – the only thing standing between Sainsbury and a minimum 21 years and four months in prison, is a pattern.
Bartlett wasn’t entirely convinced. It’s rather convenient, he said, and he’s never known a millennial to simply forget a phone password before.
But Sainsbury insisted, with a somewhat apathetic shrug of the shoulders, “It’s very true. I haven’t used it for nearly six months, I’m not going to remember a pattern.”
And perhaps she’s telling the truth.
So I decided to do some investigative work.
I am not particularly tech-savvy – but there’s one thing I am particularly good at: Googling.
First, I typed in ‘accessing Whatsapp account lost my phone’, which presented a number of results. There were instructions, but I must admit they were very confusing. “Maybe Cassie’s right,” I wondered. “Maybe there is no way at all to retrieve material from Whatsapp if you can’t access your phone.”
But Sainsbury hasn’t lost her phone. She’s just forgotten her password. So I decided to try a different avenue.