Two London schoolgirls convicted of smuggling currency out of Kenya were set free on Monday (15 September) and told to return to England.
Two London schoolgirls convicted of smuggling currency out of Kenya were set free on Monday (15 September) and told to return to England. The girls, Teresa Laws and Lynn Francis, were freed after a two week trial - three months after leaving England for what should have been a 10 day holiday. Teresa had been charged with conspiring to smuggle foreign currency worth 120,000 sterling (250,000 U.S. dollars) while Lynn admitted trying to export 320 Kenyan shillings (21 sterling or about $45 U.S.).
As they left the courthouse in Nairobi, the girls faced a large crowd of reporters and photographers. Then, with their mothers who had been flown to Kenya, they were driven back to the British High Commission, where they spent much of their time during the court proceedings.
The magistrate discharged them on condition that they returned to school and didn't commit any other offence for a year. He described the hearing as "the final act of the over-publicised drama".
SYNOPSIS: The girls spent three nights in a Kenyan Women's prison before their hearing ... and it was in stark contrast to the comfort they enjoyed during the rest of their time on bail. They stayed then with members of the British High Commission staff. After the ???earing they enjoyed a tearful reunion with staff members before leaving for a hotel with their mothers.