Brit jailed in Caribbean over husband's death asks David Cameron for help

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Brit jailed in Caribbean for killing boyfriend asks David Cameron for help


A British mother of two who has been locked up in a Caribbean jail for the past year after her husband died in a road crash has appealed to David Cameron for help.

Nicole Reyes, 37, from Cardiff, was jailed in the Dominican Republic in July 2012 when her Toyota SUV allegedly clipped her husband Jorge Quintanilla's motorbike as he was driving beside her.

Nicole's mother Jeannette, 61, has written to the prime minister asking for help to get her daughter released.

The Daily Mail reports that in a letter to Cameron, Jeannette wrote: "My daughter feels like she is being tortured every single day. I have to listen to her sobbing.

"If something is not done quite soon, the result for Nicole could be disastrous."

Reyes moved to the Dominican Republic ten years ago, where she met her 38-year-old husband Jorge Quintanilla.

Their relationship ended when Mr Quintanilla died in the road crash, but Reyes is accused of deliberately running him over and has been held without charge since his death.

Her teenage children, Leah and Luke, are being looked after by their grandparents in Cardiff.

According to the BBC, Nicole's parents have already spent £95,000 in legal and medical fees to help their daughter who is "living in the most appalling conditions" on a diet of prunes and crackers.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are aware of the detention of British national Nicole Reyes in connection with the death of a Dominican national.

"The appropriate consular assistance has been given to Ms Reyes and her family and will continue to be provided.

"We cannot interfere in the judicial process of another country, and must respect their systems just as we expect them to respect the UK's laws and legal processes."

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