Something to smile about? Grinning Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence reports to a police station over outstanding local charges
- Renae Lawrence excused from alleged high-speed chase with police in 2005
- Former Bali Nine drug smuggler was spotted leaving Newcastle Police Station
- The 41-year-old returned to Australia after being behind bars for 13-years in Bali
Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence was spotted smiling as she left a police station following her return to Australia.
The 41-year-old was released from Bali’s Bangli jail last month after 13 years for attempting to smuggle 2.6kg of heroin into Australia through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 17, 2005.
The drugs were found strapped to her body – and the bodies of three other drug mules – after the Australian Federal Police tipped off Indonesian authorities.
Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence was spotted smiling as she left a police station following her return to Australia
The 41-year-old has been behind bars in Bali’s Bangli jail since she was convicted of attempting to smuggle 2.6kg of heroin into Australia through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on April 17, 2005
Before being arrested in Bali, it is alleged Lawrence stole a 1986 Ford Laser on March 26, and was due to appear in Gosford Local Court.
It is also alleged fellow Bali Nine smuggler Matthew James Norman, who was 18 at the time, drove the car when he knew it was stolen.
She was to be charged with take and drive conveyance without consent of its owner, failing to comply with a police direction, exceed speed limit and drive while unlicensed.
Before being arrested in Bali, it is alleged Lawrence stole a 1986 Ford Laser on March 26, and was due to appear in Gosford Local Court
It is also alleged fellow Bali Nine smuggler Matthew James Norman, who was 18 at the time, drove the car when he knew it was stolen
On Monday, Lawrence was spotted smiling at paperwork as she left Newcastle Police Station.
She had been excused from appearing in court over the 2005 charges where she was involved in an alleged high-speed chase with police, news.com.au reported.
Police claim Lawrence was driving at 130km/h in a 90 zone at Mooney Mooney, before she was caught and arrested.
It was only one month after the alleged incident, Lawrence was arrested in Bali.
Norman, now 31, would have been charged with being carried in a conveyance taken without consent of its owners.
Where are the other members of Bali Nine?
Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 34 – were executed by firing squad on the Indonesian prison island of Nusa Kambangan on April 29, 2015.
Tan Duc Thanh was initially given life but was then sentenced to death following an appeal. He died of cancer while in jail earlier this year.
Five others are serving life in jail:
Scott Rush, 32
Rush’s parents were the ones to tip of the Australian Federal Police stating they hoped it would stop their son from becoming a drug mule.
Following his arrest he was sentenced to life in prison and upon appeal was slapped with the death penalty. A further appeal reverted the decision to life in jail.
Martin Stephens, 42
Stephens was also sentenced to life after being caught attempting to smuggle drugs into Bali.
He attempted to have his sentence lessened to 10 years in 2011 but it was rejected.
He also met his wife Christine Winarni Puspayanti in 2011 who was visiting the prison as part of a church group.
The pair married in a traditional Indonesian ceremony.
Si Yi Chen, 33
Chen was sentenced to life in prison but was given the death sentence following an appeal.
He appealed again after a full confession which then reinstated his life sentence.
Chen is currently running a silversmith workshop while in jail.
Michael Czugaj, 32
Czugaj is one of the youngest members of the group and is serving life in Madiun, East Java.
The former surfing-made apprentice tradesman hopes to be transferred back to a Bali jail.
Matthew Norman, 31
The youngest member of the Bali Nine, Norman was sentenced to life but was then sentenced to death.
Following an appeal and full confession, his sentence was reinstated back to life.