Renae Lawrence
Renae Lawrence
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Administrative backlog delays sentence cuts for Schapelle Corby, Renae ... - ABC Online
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Brisbane Times Administrative backlog delays sentence cuts for Schapelle Corby, Renae ... ABC Online An administrative backlog has prevented convicted Australian drug smugglers Schapelle Corby and Renae Lawrence from being granted sentence reductions in Indonesia. The Justice Office in Bali had recommended that Corby and Lawrence both be ... How Schapelle Corby will live after Bali paroleHerald Sun Schapelle Corby misses out on Independence Day remissionThe Australian Bali nine fears over life sentencesBrisbane Times Ninemsn -Stuff.co.nz -The Age all 19 news articles »
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Schapelle Corby and Renae Lawrence may receive further sentence cuts - Herald Sun
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Renae Lawrence, right, was a member of the so-called `Bali Nine' drug ring. Source: AFP CONVICTED Australian drug smugglers Schapelle Corby and Renae Lawrence are in line for further sentence cuts, Indonesian authorities say
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Bali Nine ringleader loses final appeal - ABC Online
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Five other members of the drug smuggling plot - Martin Stephens, Matthew Norman, Michael Czugaj, Si Yi Chen and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen - are also serving life sentences. The final member of the drug ring, courier Renae Lawrence, is serving a 20-year
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From drug courier to devoted husband, a jailhouse fairytale - Narooma News
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It is the kind of behaviour that got Rush moved from the Kerobokan water tower - the former home of the Bali bombers that now houses Rush's fellow drug smugglers, minus Renae Lawrence - and an admonition from the security chief for being ''childish''
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From drug courier to devoted husband, a jailhouse fairytale - Sydney Morning Herald
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It is the kind of behaviour that got Rush moved from the Kerobokan water tower - the former home of the Bali bombers that now houses Rush's fellow drug smugglers, minus Renae Lawrence - and an admonition from the security chief for being ''childish''
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The Gift of Life - Bali Discovery
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... commutation from a death sentence to a life prison sentence. With the exception of Chan and Sukumaran under a sentences of death, and Renae Lawrence serving a 20-year sentence, the remaining 6-members of the "Bali Nine" are all serving life sentences
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Bali or busted - Rush now facing life - Sky News Australia
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Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are also awaiting the outcome of their judicial reviews in the hope they too will escape the firing squad, while Renae Lawrence has already had her 20-year sentence cut a number of times. The Rush decision has significant
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Rush upbeat after life is spared - Herald Sun
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While clemency for people convicted of drug offences is rare, another member of the Bali Nine, Renae Lawrence, has already had her 20-year sentence reduced by almost two years, while the Gold Coast's Schapelle Corby, convicted of trying to smuggle
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    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    In March 2014, she was again transferred, at her request, to a prison in Bangli to be closer to Denpasar for her family and visitors.
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  • 2013
    Age 35
    Lawrence had been serving her sentence at Kerobokan Prison but was moved to a prison in Negara, Bali, in late 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She was moved there without prior warning after authorities accused her of a plot to kill jail guards.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    She was previously given a five-month remission of her sentence on Merdeka Day in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Her earliest release date is in February 2026. Lawrence, from Newcastle in New South Wales, came from a broken home and for most of her teen and early adulthood years she lived with her same sex partner and mother of three children, who was ten years older than Lawrence. After the relationship with her partner ended, Lawrence moved back in with her mother and stepfather. Her father commented on Lawrence, who was 27 at the time of her arrest, as being generally naïve and unworldly: Initially employed with a smash repair company, Lawrence later gained employment at Eurest, a catering company, where she met Martin Stephens, Matthew Norman, and her supervisor, Andrew Chan. All four would later be convicted of drug trafficking as fellow members of the Bali Nine. In an earlier unrelated incident, Lawrence and Norman were arrested on 26 March 2005, travelling along the Pacific Highway in a stolen vehicle. It was reported that police were required to use road spikes to intercept the vehicle. Both were due to appear on 26 April 2005 in the Gosford Magistrates Court to face car theft and traffic related charges. However, due to their arrest in Indonesia nine days earlier, both Lawrence and Norman failed to appear.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In June 2006 the New Idea magazine reported that Lawrence has a Balinese girlfriend with whom she shares her prison cell and that her former partner in Newcastle had warned her against getting involved with Chan.
    More Details Hide Details Both serving time for drug trafficking in Kerobokan Prison, Schapelle Corby and Lawrence developed a close but at times fraught relationship. In an interview with Woman's Day magazine, Lawrence said she was appointed to care for Corby, who had become increasingly mentally unstable and had watched Corby's condition deteriorate after she was imprisoned.
    In what was an apparent shock for Lawrence and her defence team, she was sentenced on 13 February 2006 to life imprisonment, together with Rush.
    More Details Hide Details Commenting on the sentences at the time, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Keelty stated: The Australian Prime Minister John Howard was reported as commenting: As verdicts and sentences were handed down in the trials of the Bali Nine, additional arrests were made in Australia. Lawrence appealed the sentence to the Indonesian Supreme Court. On 26 April 2006, a sentence of 20 - years imprisonment was handed down.
    Her appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court to have the life sentence reduced was successful, and on 26 April 2006 was given a sentence of 20 years' imprisonment.
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    After a criminal trial, in which she cooperated with investigators and informed on the ringleaders, she was sentenced on 13 February 2006 to life imprisonment, despite prosecutors' call for a 20-year penalty.
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    Lawrence admitted to her role in attempting to smuggle the drugs to Australia, saying before the Denpasar District Court on 8 January 2006:
    More Details Hide Details In spite of widespread media reports that Lawrence had been cooperative with police, the Indonesian judges found no evidence of Lawrence claims her life was threatened. Judge I Gusti Ngurah Astawa said during sentencing:
  • 2005
    Age 27
    Lawrence's father, Bob Lawrence, said in October 2005 he wanted to meet Commissioner Keelty face to face:
    More Details Hide Details Rush took action in the Federal Court of Australia against the AFP for breach of the bilateral treaty between Indonesia and Australia when information was handed by the AFP to the Indonesians. Rush's case claimed that such information should only be released by the Attorney-General. However, the Commonwealth Government maintained that the treaty only applies after a suspect is charged. The application was dismissed by the Federal Court in January 2006. In December 2005, as the trials began, it was reported that tensions were building between the Bali Nine drug mules and Sukumaran and Chan. Several days later, lawyers acting for some members of the Bali Nine initially sought the support of the Director of Public Prosecutions to intervene and lay charges for conspiracy to import drugs, so that the nine could be extradited and charged under Australian law. However, the judges hearing the trial matters in Bali called for Australia not to intervene in Indonesia's right to impose capital punishment. Lawyers acting for Stephens, one of the Bali Nine, claimed the fairness of his trial was in jeopardy following comments made in the media by Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda that Australians should be prepared for members of the Bali Nine to receive a death sentence, if found guilty.
    On 20 April 2005, graphic footage of the arrests and subsequent police questioning of Lawrence and other members of the Bali Nine was aired on Australian television.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day that Lawrence was arrested, Indonesian police also arrested Chen, Nguyen, Sukumaran and Norman at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta. Alleged co-ringleader, Chan was also arrested the same day whilst seated on an Australian Airlines flight waiting to depart Denpasar for Sydney. At the time Chan was arrested, he was carrying three mobile phones and a boarding pass. No drugs were found in his possession. On her arrest, Lawrence accused Chan of threatening her life if she did not continue with the plan to import drugs. Lawrence also claimed, but later retracted her statement, that Chan had offered her A$15,000, if she followed his instructions. Lawrence also rejected police allegations that she travelled to Bali previously on a false passport. At the time of the arrest, it was reported that Lawrence was recorded as saying:
    Lawrence was arrested by Indonesian police on 17 April 2005 at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali.
    More Details Hide Details Heroin weighing was discovered strapped to her legs and chest, concealed underneath her clothing. Scott Rush, Michael Czugaj and Stephens were arrested at the same time as Lawrence.
    According to Lawrence, again under Chan's instructions, Lawrence departed Australia on 6 April 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The day before, Lawrence, Stephens and Si Yi Chen met with Sukumaran where police allege drug smuggling tools such as sealable plastic bags, medical tape, elastic waist bands and skin tight bike shorts were stuffed into the bags of Lawrence and Stephens. Lawrence claims she was given cash; whilst Stephens claims that his life was threatened. Media reports claim that police records show that Lawrence was in daily contact with Chan, whilst in Bali, until 13 April, when Chan changed his mobile phone number. On the same day, he instructed Lawrence and other members of the Bali Nine to change hotels. The original planned departure date of 14 April from Bali was delayed as Chan suspected Australian and Indonesian police were aware of his plans.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    A similar trip was organised following Chan's orders, Lawrence claimed, where she departed Australia on 5 December 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence claimed that seven others were involved, including Chan, Matthew Norman, and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen (going by the alias of David). Lawrence claim that she was again given cash to purchase airflights and accommodation for eight days, staying again at the Istana Rama in Kuta. However, the second delivery was aborted when heroin suppliers failed to deliver "due to a financial matter or someone knowing about the plan the shipment was cancelled".
    Media reports stated that Lawrence alleged that on 22 October 2004, Sukumaran strapped packages to the body of both Lawrence and Chan, and with Chan's girlfriend, Grace, boarded a commercial flight to Australia, successfully clearing security, customs and immigration in both Indonesia and Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence claimed that she and Chan were met at the airport, the packages removed, all of them taken to another house, and then Lawrence went home. A few days later Lawrence claimed that Chan handed her an envelope with A$10,000 cash.
    On 16 October 2004, Lawrence flew to Bali on what Indonesian police claim was a false passport.
    More Details Hide Details It was alleged that Chan entered Bali on the same date. Lawrence claimed that she was in regular contact with Chan whilst she stayed in the Istana Rama Hotel in Kuta, and Chan in Kuta's sprawling Hard Rock complex.
    Media reports claim that in early October 2004 Lawrence was invited to Chan's Enfield home to celebrate her 27th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Here she was allegedly told by Chan that she was to travel with him to Bali, without being told the detail behind the mission. Lawrence claimed that Chan would cover all airflights and accommodation and that if she disobeyed him or disclosed the nature of their arrangement, he would "send (her) family to the farm". Lawrence claimed that Chan said there would be a reward, should she follow his instructions. It was also reported that she met Myuran Sukumaran around this time.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born on October 11, 1977.
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