A Welsh mum in prison in the Dominican Republic has become a grandmother for the first time.
Nicole Reyes, 37, is devastated to have missed the birth of her grandson Antonio at home in Cardiff last weekend.
She is still awaiting a trial 4,000 miles away on charges of killing her husband Jorge, 38, in a car crash on the island on July 9 last year, which she denies.
Nicole’s daughter Leah, 17, who lives with Nicole’s parents Jeannette and Mike Clements and son Liam, gave birth to baby Antonio on August 24.
Great gran Jeannette, 61, said: “Nicole is totally gutted. She should have been here for Leah and the baby.”
She said Leah has named Antonio after Jorge, who had it as one of his middle names, and who she said thought of Liam and Leah as his own children.
Nicole had moved to the Dominican Republic after meeting Jorge and marring him in 2007.
Nicole has always stressed that it his death was an accident involving her Jeep and his motorbike but has spent more than a year behind bars accused of deliberately running him over.
Baby Antonio weighed eight pounds six ounces and was nearly two weeks late.
Jeannette said: “Nicole was ringing continually when she was out of the cell. She just wanted to be there. She was devastated to have missed it.
“When Leah was in labour, and we were in the room, she could hear the heartbeat of the baby on the phone.
“But all she could say is she can’t do it any more. She keeps saying that the only way she can see her getting out of there is in a wooden box. “
Jeannette said her daughter’s health is not good and that she is waiting for further tests to see if she has cervical cancer.
Jeannette said: “As well as her going down each day, I’m exhausted with everything as well. I don’t know what else to do.
“I am trying to give Leah any bit of support I can possibly give her but obviously it’s very difficult not having her own mum here. She was crying during the labour saying she wanted her mum with her.”
Nicole’s grandmother Audrey – baby Antonio’s great, great grandmother – is also not well but said she has not told Nicole as they are very close and that she would be “worried sick”.
She said she just hopes Nicole is home soon to see her grandmother and to meet her grandson.
Jeannette claims her daughter is now being held in prison illegally as she has been behind bars for over a year without the offer of bail and has now written a second letter to Prime Minister David Cameron begging him for help.
In it she writes: “I speak to my daughter each day and have to listen to her sobbing uncontrollably telling me she wants to end her life as she cannot stay in prison for something she did not do. She has lost her husband, her home, her dogs and everything she had for the last 10 years and all she wants to do is come back to the UK and be able to grieve for her husband.”
Jeannette said Nicole’s lawyer has appealed to the Supreme Court of Justice to have Nicole’s hearing moved from to a different part of the island and are waiting on an answer.