Pregnant mum jailed over unpaid fine for Tenerife drunken scrap returns home

A pregnant mum who was jailed for failing to pay a fine after getting involved in a drunken fight has been released from a Spanish prison.

Jamielee Fielding feared she was going to have to give birth in her Tenerife cell, but she is now back home in the Scottish town of Livingston, the Daily Record reports.

The 32-year-old was detained on the holiday island and handed a four-month sentence in August, having returned to Spain after not paying the £360 fine she incurred for the alcohol-fuelled altercation in Malaga last year.

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She was allegedly "not in the right frame of mind" shortly after her mum died suddenly on holiday, which led to her becoming involved in the scrap.

Jamielee said she intended to pay the fine when she arrived in Tenerife, however she was not allowed to and was sent to prison instead.

For the first six weeks of her sentence she stayed in a maximum security jail which she described as "a living hell".

Speaking last month, she said: "It's been unimaginable. I can't contemplate having my baby here in a foreign hospital.

"All I want is to be back home in a Scottish hospital with my family around me to have a safe birth and make sure she is healthy. I'm looking for a miracle because right now it doesn't look like there's any way I can get back."

Local MP Hannah Bardell also travelled to the Canary Islands two weeks ago to help secure Jamielee's safe return home.

The SNP MP for Livingston has spoken of her relief that Spanish police "saw sense" over the arrest.

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Ms Bardell said: "I travelled along with her dad, at my own cost, to support my constituent Jamielee and to ensure a smooth and safe passage home from Tenerife. 

"It's been a difficult and upsetting time for her since she lost her mum last year, now I hope she can look to the future.

"Wishing her and her family all the very best and hope her baby arrives safely in the coming weeks. I'm grateful to the staff at the Foreign Office who my team and I worked closely with to help ensure safe passage.

"I'm glad the Spanish authorities finally saw sense and I hope that some lessons will be learned about fair and proper treatment of foreign nationals in Spain."

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