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Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence

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Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
Pete Farmer inside the prison at al-Qanater (Picture: SWNS)

An ex-inmate has revealed the hellhole conditions inside the Egyptian prison where Brit Laura Plummer could serve her three year sentence.

Pete Farmer, 45, served two years at al-Qanater prison for theft and claims up to 30 people shared a tiny four-bunk cell which was crawling with cockroaches, lice and bedbugs.

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The DJ – who worked in Sharm El Sheikh for 11 years – witnessed regular beatings and violence with mobile phone footage showing cramped cells and dirty toilets.

Speaking from Essex, where he is staying with family after his release on November 9, Pete said: ‘No one deserves that sort of punishment.

‘My heart bleeds for her.

Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
One of Pete’s photos showing the conditions inside the prison (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The conditions have been described as appalling (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The home made bed light Pete Farmer rigged up during the time he spent time locked up (Picture: SWNS)

‘The conditions are absolutely horrendous. Disease is rife.

‘It is very, very violent. I saw people beaten and burned on their private parts with cattle prods. It’s horrendous.

‘Egypt is a beautiful country but it is the levels of corruption which are disgusting.’

Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The toilet inside the jail (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The jail is filthy (Picture: SWNS)

Tourist Laura Plummer, 33, was jailed for there years on Boxing Day for smuggling 290 Tramadol tablets into Egypt.

She is currently in Qena prison but Pete said all foreign female prisoners serving sentences similar to hers are transferred to al-Qanater.

Pete claims he was jailed for accidentally picking up the wrong bag in a pub during a night off in November 2015.

Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
Pete claims up to 30 people shared a tiny four-bunk cell (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
There was very little privacy inside (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
A meal he was able to cook for himself (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The flip flops Pete Farmer wore for two years (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
Pete Farmer inside the prison (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
He was a DJ in Egypt before he was jailed (Picture: SWNS)

He endured horrific conditions, with beds stacked high to the ceiling and filthy rags draped from the railings offering the only privacy.

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The shower in his room was shared by up to 30 people and the toilet was a hole in the floor.

He lived off food brought in by visitors, rather than eating the fly-ridden prison food served from three communal barrels he said were left in the sun all day.

Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
One of the meals he was able to make for himself (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
The cooker Pete Farmer was able to buy and cook food on (Picture: SWNS)
Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
Conditions were grim (Picture: SWNS)

He was not allowed to make any phone calls or send or receive any outside letters, and was only allowed to have visitors every two weeks.

He said: ‘The whole experience really took its toll on my health. I lost about a stone and I lost teeth, suffered gum disease and chest problems.

‘I never saw rapes – but I heard one man being raped. Violence is rife and there are a lot of razor blades which are used to slash peoples’ faces.’

Inside the Egyptian hellhole jail where Laura Plummer could serve her sentence
Pete Farmer at Stanstead airport on November 13 2017 with his sister after he was released (Picture: SWNS)

Pete claims police emptied his bank account of £2,000 while he was locked up and took all his belongings – apart from his beloved hard drive containing all his music, which a friend rescued.

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He said he has been supporting the family of Laura Plummer by telling them what she can expect, and offering advice.

‘I’ve told them my experience – good and bad,’ he said. I’ve been through it and I’m really worried about her.

‘Unfortunately Egypt is a man’s world and women get treated like rubbish – no place more than in prison.’

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