Uncle's denial begins to undo Cassie Sainsbury's story
THE uncle of alleged drug mule Cassie Sainsbury has denied he employed his niece in a cleaning business which she said regularly flew her to Sydney and around the world - eventually landing her in Bogota and a Colombian jail cell.
Neil Sainsbury and Cassie's father Stuart both accused the 22-year-old of lying about how she came to be arrested at El Dorado airport, with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden in 18 sets of headphones she said she'd bought as gifts for her upcoming wedding party.
Her uncle, who described himself as a former military investigator, told Seven's Sunday Night he had never owned a business or employed Cassie - despite the fact she had told her fiance, Scott Broadbridge the job required her to fly to Sydney, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and most recently to Colombia this year.
In a bizarre story, presented by reporter Denham Hitchcock, Broadbridge said a mystery couple who bought the cleaning company from Neil Sainsbury had paid her $1800 each month to fly to Sydney - payments he confirmed to have seen in her bank account.
The couple, identified to Broadbridge as "Karen and June Dolsholt," could not be found by Seven on the Australian electoral roll, or in any other identity or business record searches.
But Broadbridge denied his bride-to-be was lying, telling Seven: "I know she's not an accused drug smuggler ... all that matters to me is that I'm with her and that trumps all these negative stories and what people think.
Asked if they kept secrets from each other, he said: "no, not at all, we tell each other everything," but later conceded: "I'm getting the suspicion that possibly fake names were given" regarding the cleaning cover story.
In another shock revelation, Nine News has claimed Cassie previously worked as a prostitute at a western Sydney brothel. Nine reported the Adelaide woman previously worked at Club 220 Gentleman's Club in Penrith in the months leading up to her trip to Colombia.
Meanwhile, court documents lodged by Cassie's Australian lawyers claim she was forced to act as a cocaine mule after she was threatened by a mystery international drugs syndicate.
Broadbridge and Cassie had begun dating soon after they met in an Adelaide nightclub two years ago, with Broadbridge proposing marriage when they were on a holiday cruise in Vanuatu last October.
The wedding date was set for February 10 next year, apparently discussing what gifts they would buy their bridal party before Sainsbury took off for her latest trip.
But her claim the headphones seized by immigration officials were bought to give their wedding attendants has also been tested - with Seven suggesting the brand are only sold in one electrical store in Bogota and sales records show no bulk purchases during the time of her visit.
When a personal training business she set up in Adelaide's Yorke Town failed last year, Sainsbury then told Broadbridge she had been given a job in the cleaning company she said was owned by her uncle.
However, Neil Sainsbury "categorically denied" her version of events.
"I think it needs to be made perfectly clear that my niece Cassie has never been employed by me, has never been employed by anybody I know and like I said, I've never owned a business whatsoever."
He added: "I believe Cassie has a bit of a history of skipping from one place to the next when things get a bit tough. I just don't honestly believe that she was naive. I think, perhaps she may have had knowledge of what she was doing. Complete knowledge."
Defending his fiancee, Broadbridge would claim "I don't know if the business she worked for set her up or it was directly straight from Colombia but I believe she was, I guess, set up as a drug mule without her knowledge."
Cassie's father Stuart was more direct: "I can't sit here and lie and say innocent, guilty, there's just 68 different stories. I would like for the truth to come out."
Her dad claimed both Cassie and Scott had been planning a trip to Colombia as early as January and "I said to her do you know what sort of country that was ... don't go. It's exactly what I said to her. Don't be stupid. Now I thought with the big blow up I had with Cassie over that ... and I saw her again after that ... she said 'we're not going Dad' well, okay, thank you."
In yet another twist to the story, Seven claimed Broadbridge was also being investigated by Australian police for his ties to the alleged drug dealing activities of a former partner.
Cassie's father said: "now Scott needs to get his story right, don't he, because I'm not sitting around and watching this crap anymore."