Former prisoner eager to get back to South Africa after receiving sad family news

The Huaraz Telegraph met with Charles Lewis Cornelius this morning and we were informed about his new life in Huaraz. After having completed his 12-year-long prison sentence he obtained in 2005 for trying to smuggle 17 kilos and 211 grams of cocaine hydrochloride from Jorge Chavez International Airport, the South African was released earlier this year on Valentine´s Day.

Lewis was selling ´lucky ornaments´ made of bull horns on the main street in Huaraz as we suggested going for a coffee instead. The father of eight children informed us that he has being living a sober and tranquil life for the past two and a half months. We were told that the South African bought himself a cheap cell phone and has had been in contact with some family members for the past months. However, he received a devastating message from his niece last week that his long-life partner and ex-wife had passed away.

¨This was a slap in the face. I have been having bad dreams about this and now it really happened. I didn’t cry but felt brokenhearted. I really want to get back to my country now. I am trying to save some money on the goods that I sell on the street but it´s a slow process. I have only a small number of expenses only such as food but still. Huaraz is a calm city and I can see why tourists like this place. I´d rather be in Huaraz than in Lima for sure. However, I still feel trapped because I have limited money so have to overthink my actions all the time. I had reestablished contact with my former partner and got told via Facebook that she had passed away. I have been informed about other family members that have died but this one really struck me. I feel sad at the moment.¨

The 56-year-old former prison inmate asked our editor to publish his phone number (+51 927-068-173) and said that readers of our newspaper and tourists could contact him for a little chat or some great prison stories. Lewis is to be found around the Plaza de Armas in Huaraz and is also working on his memoirs, which he hopes to publish one day.

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