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.

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4 Responses to “Hair-Raising Episode for Drug-Smuggler Corby”

  1. Linda Purcell Says:

    I suspect all a ploy to get sympathy prior to your president making a final decision on her appeal. Ms Corby drug smuggling is not an easy way to make cash. Working hard for a living is. Do the crime do the time.

  2. dave Says:

    Whatever.sounds like Mercedes is a bit cash strapped,i understand New Idea pays well….

  3. Tim Says:

    Do any of you people who make these stupid do the crime do the crime comments actually live in Bali or spend time here? Anyone who does knows that you don’t have to do the crime to do the time and if you don’t have the money to pay the bribe u will be doing the time without a fair trial.
    She was not given the right to a fair trial and thats a fact.

  4. Caley Says:

    What’s more WORTHY of punishment, Shapelle’s alleged crime of transporting plants that make people laugh or the cruelty it takes to make comments like Dave and Linda’s above? Just think of the tone: “sorry about that Shapelle…” and “do the time do the crime.” I think that kind of snide, easy-to-deliver, really inhuman, institutionalized way of relating to people and their predicaments (even if she WAS guilty) reflects weakness, confusion, absorption into unhealthy values and ways of seeing the world and human life. Yes, the law says what it says and a lot of innocent people are in jail, awaiting death, or dead because of it. Since you can’t be SURE she did it, how can you possibly be so quaintly standoffish? Answer: you are not well. And again, even if she did do it, that’s all the good will you have? Living that kind of life in relation to others seems its own prison. Think of the discourses you must be manipulated by and trapped within to be comfortable leaving comments like that.

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