‘Barbie Bandit’: Family and pals defend ‘sweet and innocent’ Wiltshire girl accused of raids on luxury Argentinian homes – Mirror.co.uk
A British mum dubbed “the Barbie Bandit” after her arrest over a series of raids on luxury properties in Argentina is a ‘sweet, normal girl’ who has been ‘mistreated’ by police – friends and family claim.
Georgia Wawman, 26, has been arrested on bail after being accused of burgling a number of exclusive homes and country clubs near Buenos Aires.
The mum-of-one grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire – the home of private Marlborough College where Kate and Pippa Middleton are among former pupils.
She is the daughter of documentary film maker Richard Wawman and was described by former neighbours describe her as a ‘nice, sweet girl’.
Friends and family have rallied to defend Georgia – who moved to Argentina in 2013 and describes herself on Facebook as a ‘full time mummy’ – and claimed she was the victim of anti-British abuse by police.
A statement believed to have been released to local paper Clarin by Georgia’s stepmum Laura Pereira de Mello claimed she was only originally arrested as police were searching for her ex-boyfriend.
The statement said: “She was sleeping alone in her ex-boyfriend’s house with her two-year-old child.
“She was woken at around 5am by the door being broken down.
“A few seconds later her bed was surrounded by a group of police pointing their guns at her. The search warrant was for her ex-boyfriend, not her.
“After a short while the police said they were very sorry and there had been a mistake.
â€œThen they told her she had to accompany them to the police station to sign some forms.
â€œThey confiscated her iPad and her phone and didnâ€™t allow her to make any calls. Cops handcuffed her against a wall for hours.
â€œThe police mistreated her in the most terrible way for around ten hours.
â€œThey insulted her and an official sang her a song about the Falkland Islands which really intimidated her.
â€œThen a doctor checked her and discovered she had high blood pressure and told the police she needed to rest.
“However they made her stand up for two hours, handcuffed, with her face against a wall. They also left her without food and water.â€
In the majority of the raids, four armed crooks tied up victims before emptying their homes of valuables and cash.
Police carried out swoops on six properties in connection with the investigation and released pictures of an arsenal of weapons and ammunition seized.
They also found fake police uniforms which are claimed to have been used to gain access to some of the gated homes.
Gary Roberts, a friend of Georgia’s father, said: “She had a perfectly normal childhood and was never involved in anything like this.
“She was not a wild child or anything like that. I’ve always known has as a sweet girl who is very nice.”
A former neighbour added: “They are a lovely family. Georgia has always been a lovely, sweet girl.”
Georgia has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.