Big Brother star Josie Gibson has appeared in court to support her grandmother, who was facing jail for drug offences.
The reality TV personality joined other members of her family at Bristol Crown Court to see Diane Gibson, 72, sentenced. Her grandmother had been on the run for more than 12 years, having been convicted in 2000 at Bristol Crown Court of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Police arrested her last month at the home of a relative in Yate, south Gloucestershire, and she returned to court to be sentenced.
She waved to family members in the public gallery, including the Big Brother star, as she was brought up from the cells.
The case was adjourned at the request of Gibson’s barrister Giles Nelson to allow medical reports to be compiled, which may affect sentencing.
He told Judge Michael Longman: “She is using a wheelchair because of heart problems and blood pressure which has affected her mobility.”
Mr Nelson said that Gibson was still maintaining her innocence and an earlier appeal had been rejected.
Adjourning the case until next month and remanding the pensioner in custody, the judge told her: “I am adjourning until June 10 so that those defending you can find out further information that may assist you” to which Gibson, of Yate Road, Yate, south Gloucestershire, replied: “Yes sir, I am not guilty anyway.”
Last month reality TV star Josie, 28, from Bristol, who became well known when she won Big Brother three years ago and has launched a fashion line and made a fitness DVD, defended her grandmother, writing on Twitter: “A few articles about my Nan just to clear up people don’t know the truth. I lived with her and my aunty and she is heavily against drugs!”