Cassie Sainsbury (centre) beside an inmate holding a sign written in Spanish, which translated means “Cassandra asks freedom immediately”.
Cassie Sainsbury (centre) beside an inmate holding a sign written in Spanish, which translated means “Cassandra asks freedom immediately”. Nathan Edwards

Cassie’s lawyers lose Channel 7 injunction

CHANNEL 7 have fought off an urgent injunction order sought by the Australian lawyers acting for drug accused Cassie Sainsbury in an attempt to block the broadcast of tonight's Sunday Night program with her fiance, Scott Broadbridge.

Lawyers for the TV network won the right to air their star witness story, which has promised to reveal details of 'Cocaine Cassie's' arrest, as well as backgrounding by Broadbridge on how and why she came to be in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia.

NSW Supreme Court Justice John Sackar dismissed the application from Sainsbury's lawyers after the court was closed to the media to hear evidence.

"I dismiss the plaintiff's application and there is no restraint on Channel Seven in relation to their Sunday program this evening," he said in court.

Sainsbury's lawyers had also sort to enforce an injunction against News Corp from publishing as well but this was dropped before the bid against Channel 7 was defeated.

Scott Broadbridge as he appeared in a promotional video clip from Seven’s Sunday Night.
Scott Broadbridge as he appeared in a promotional video clip from Seven’s Sunday Night. Channel 7

Broadbridge is believed to have been paid by Seven for his version of his fiance's arrest story, while rival network Nine's 60 Minutes has sit-downs with her mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury.

Nine's current affairs program confirmed Broadbridge is a person of interest to Colombian prosecutors in the Adelaide woman's drug case.

Cassie Sainsbury's mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala in a promotion for Channel 9’s 60 Minutes.
Cassie Sainsbury's mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala in a promotion for Channel 9’s 60 Minutes. Channel 9

The 22-year-old was arrested on April 12 after police found 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage.

Evans and Sainsbury's sister Khala, who travelled to Bogota at the network's expense, claim Sainsbury doesn't fully understand her predicament.

"She tends to be up and frivolous one day and down and quite depressed the next," reporter Liam Bartlett said.

"I'm not totally convinced that the gravitas of the situation has hit home to her personally yet.

"Just the things she has said, for a person in her position, appear flippant and not grounded in reality. Her legal team tell us she is very fearful.

"This 22-year-old is facing a minimum of 21 years and four months (if found guilty) - the same amount of time she's spent on earth."

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