Malaysia drug-charge nurse Emma L'Aiguille's son pleads 'I don't want my mum to die'
THE 10-year-old son of Melbourne woman Emma Louise L'Aiguille, who is facing the death penalty for alleged drug trafficking in Malaysia, has begged for his mother to be returned home.
"I want my mum to come back to Australia. I don't want her to die," the boy said.
"I've been a bit sad. I don't really feel that good. I miss her a lot."
The heartbreaking plea from the boy comes as Ms L'Aiguille's devastated father spoke out, urging authorities: "Please don't hang my girl".
Wayne Walton, from Perth, spoke of his emotional torture yesterday and his fears that his daughter would suffer the same fate as Australian heroin mules Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers, who were hanged in Malaysia in 1983.
"If she's done it, just lock her up ... no one deserves to be murdered - and that's what the death penalty is, it's murder".
He begged Malaysian authorities for clemency saying: "Please let her go, don't kill her. She doesn't deserve to die.
Ms L'Aiguille, 34, faces the death penalty after she was arrested on July 17 with more than 1kg of methamphetamine allegedly stashed in a parked car.
She has denied any knowledge of the drugs and claims she was abandoned by her Nigerian boyfriend.
It is alleged he fled the scene minutes before police searched their parked car and found 1.005kg of methamphetamine (ice) behind the driver's seat, in which she was sitting.
Another Nigerian man, Anthony Esikalam Ndidi, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, has also been charged.
Mr Walton said Ms L'Aiguille, who had lived in Malaysia on a tourist visa for two years, had six children aged between nine and 17 who loved her and desperately wanted to see her again. None was in her care.
"It's tearing me apart it really is," he told the Sunday Herald Sun. "I haven't stopped crying thinking about what might happen to my own flesh and blood."
Mr Walton, who has cared for one of Ms L'Aiguille's sons for the past four years, said it was unlikely he would be able to travel to Malaysia because of financial and work commitments.
"All I've told (her son) is that she's in jail in Malaysia and that she's been a naughty girl," he said. "How do you explain to a 10-year-old? At the end of the day, it's still his mum and she always will be."
Mr Walton begged other young Australians intent on gambling their lives by trafficking drugs in foreign countries to think twice.
"Before you go to Malaysia or any country like that, please think about what you are going to do. Do not touch drugs, for God's sake. Think about your families that are left behind and how they suffer," he said.
"What goes through their minds? I can't fathom it."
Mr Walton urged authorities to toughen local drug laws so people did not believe they could get away with trafficking abroad.
Ms L'Aiguille's sister, Rebecca, described the death penalty as "barbaric".
She said although she and her sister had fallen out after an argument, she did not deserve to die.
"I regret that because if she is found guilty of it, I'm never going to be able to take back what I said, never going to be able to give her a hug, never going to be able to give her another kiss to say sorry," she said.
Perth-born Ms L'Aiguille moved to Melbourne with her mother, Amanda Innes, as a toddler but had returned to Perth several times where her children, father and six of her siblings live.
The Sunday Herald Sun has been told she led a difficult life, living homeless in Melbourne as a teenager and had dabbled in drugs.