Hair-Raising Episode for Drug-Smuggler Corby
Bali’s Australian drug prisoner Schapelle Corby may have set fire to her hair as she experiences further mental distress, according to an Australian magazine.
The 33-year-old’s sister Mercedes, a resident of Bali, told New Idea magazine for its edition out on Monday that she feared the Kerobokan Jail prisoner had burned her hair.
“Some days she doesn’t speak and just has tears coming from her eyes, although her face is not crying, just her eyes,” Mercedes told the publication, reported by the Australian Associated Press news agency on Sunday.
“A few weeks ago, she came out to a visit with her hair all short, frizzled and burnt.
“She refused to tell me what happened but it looks like she had set it alight.”
Corby is serving a 20-year sentence for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali from Australia. Successive appeals against the sentence have failed, leaving a petition for clemency currently before President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as her last chance for freedom.
The presidential pardon, lodged in March last year, is largely based on assessments by psychiatrists that Corby is suffering from mental problems and should be released so she can receive treatment in her home country.
Corby is among a number of Australian drug prisoners at Kerobokan, three of whom are on death row.Filed under: Headlines