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Nicole Reyes: Cardiff woman jailed for 12 years in Caribbean

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Image caption Nicole Reyes has been jailed for killing Jorge Quintanilla Reyes

A Cardiff woman has been convicted of killing her husband in a road crash in the Dominican Republic.

Mother-of-two Nicole Reyes, 37, of Rumney, has been jailed for 12 years for killing Jorge Quintanilla Reyes in July 2012.

The 38-year-old was knocked off his motorbike by Reyes, but she has always maintained it was an accident.

Reyes's mother, Jeanette Clements, told BBC Wales her daughter was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

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Media captionJeanette Clements said her daughter was ill and barely eating

"I am absolutely devastated," Mrs Clements said.

"I really believed she was coming home with me - we were sitting in a court room not hearing evidence against her.

"It's a miscarriage of justice."

Reyes, who has spent more than 18 months on remand, claimed she accidentally hit her husband with her Toyota SUV as he rode beside her on his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when she swerved to avoid an oncoming car after a night out.

Mrs Clements, 61, who was in court with husband Mike, said the family will appeal against the verdict.

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Image caption Happier times - Nicole Reyes with her husband Jorge

Reyes was jailed by a court in the city of Santiago.

The Foreign Office said: "We are aware that a British national, Nicole Reyes, has been detained in the Dominican Republic since July 2012.

"We are monitoring events closely. We continue to provide consular assistance to Reyes and her family."

Mrs Clements said: "She has problems with her kidneys. She is ill and needs medical help. I don't think she's going to cope in that prison."

Reyes had moved to the Caribbean in 2004 with her two children, Leah and Luke, and her mother and father.

It was there that she met and married the former coconut seller, and found work as a rep with a holiday travel company.

Her parents and children moved back to Wales in 2007 but Reyes stayed on the island with her husband.

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