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A criminal court in Egypt's Red Sea governorate sentenced on Tuesday a British woman to three years in prison for smuggling prescription painkillers into the country.

Ms Plummer has been held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9. Plummer and her family have always maintained that the pills - available on prescription in Great Britain - were for her partner Omar Abdel Aziz, who suffers from chronic back pain.

Plummer has been detained in Egypt since her arrest in October, though her legal team is now debating whether to appeal the decision.

The family said Plummer had also been forced to sign Arabic-language documents which she did not understand.

"She's the kindest person. It's hard and I can't believe it after waiting for two months", she told the BBC. Her mother said she had been "living in hell" since the arrest. "I'm even more anxious now she's in actual prison with real criminals".

The Sun reports that Plummer said she's been "daft" by putting the pain pills in her suitcase before travelling.

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better - anything less than three years".

Miss Plummer's Christmas Day court appearance was thought to be the beginning of her trial but there is a possibility the case could be adjourned to another date.

The 33-year-old shop assistant, from Hull, wept and slumped to the floor in court as her sentence was passed down earlier today.

Her lawyer Mohamed Osman has warned that family that even if she is cleared of drug smuggling she could still get two years in jail for being in possession of a banned substance.

It is not yet known if when an appeal may be heard. Laura did not know that what she was carrying was a narcotic.

Her mum, Roberta Sinclair, says her daughter made no attempt to hide the medicine and thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by officials.

She said her daughter was being held in bad conditions in a cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.