Amber Sceats' dad saved from Singapore death row after he was set up for ...

A wealthy businessman who was put on death row in Singapore for smuggling in cocaine was only freed when a team of Australian detectives proved he was set up.

Phillip George Sceats, the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison.

He watched on in horror as 14 of his cellmates were executed, all the while arguing that he was innocent and had no idea how 90 grams of cocaine made its way into his luggage.

What should have been a romantic getaway to celebrate his 64th birthday in March 2018 turned into a nightmare ordeal when he was stopped at the airport and asked to point out his luggage.

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket - hidden so poorly it was almost as if someone was 'supposed' to find the drugs. 

Ms Sceats (pictured), who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation

Ms Sceats (pictured), who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation

Phillip George Sceats (pictured), the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison

Phillip George Sceats (pictured), the father of famed jewellery designer and socialite Amber Sceats, spent 353 days on death row in Singapore's Changi Prison

He was whisked away to prison and informed that if convicted, he faced the death penalty. 

Mr Sceats denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well-known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges.

The lawyer argued Mr Sceats had no reason to smuggle drugs from Australia to Singapore due to the lack of demand.

He would have been the first Australian ever charged with the offence, and the street value of the cocaine halved when compared to the price he would have paid for them in Australia. 

He also passed a lie detector test about the drugs, bank records proved he hadn't made any unusual withdrawals and no cocaine was found in his system during a drug test.

Methadone was found in his system, but he had a long running prescription for the opioid in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

As he languished in a Singaporean prison, his family back home hired a powerful team of detectives to help prove his innocence while also maintaining his business interests.

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket - almost as if someone was 'supposed' to find the drugs

Baggage handlers found two satchels of cocaine taped to a side pocket - almost as if someone was 'supposed' to find the drugs

Mr Sceats (pictured) denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges

Mr Sceats (pictured) denied having any knowledge of the drugs and hired a well known Singaporean lawyer to fight the charges 

Ms Sceats, who considers PR maven Roxy Jacenko one of her close friends, maintained her luxury jewellery business in the midst of all the devastation.

While her adoptive father was behind bars, Ms Sceats' empire boomed and Australian celebrities - from Jacenko to actress Samara Weaving and Isabelle Cornish have been spotted

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