Brit released after a year in Spanish prison

FREE MAN: Robert Mansfield-Hewitt CREDIT: Facebook

Robert Mansfield-Hewitt, 51 will return home to the UK this week after spending one year in a Spanish prison for having 1.5 tonnes of marijuana in his possession in a rented flat near Gibraltar. 

The electrical engineer from Chichester was on a business trip for the Ministry of Defense last June and rented a holiday apartment through Airbnb which he paid for in cash up front. The Moroccan man who rented the house to him has not been questioned regarding the matter even though it has been reported he has previous drug trafficking charges against his name. 

Robert was originally facing a charge of four and a half years in jail and a fine of around €8million but was instead given a €1,500 fine for renting an unlicensed house. He was denied bail three times and suffered several serious liver problems whilst he was locked up. 

Robert’s family and friends have stressed multiple times that the circumstances surrounding the event are very strange and it is not like Robert to ever get involved with illicit drugs. One friend said he is a kind and caring individual who often played organ in the local church. 

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