Bali 9’s Re­nae ac­cused of guard mur­der plot

Sunday Territorian - - WORLD - By CINDY WOCK­NER and KO­MANG ER­VIANI

BALI Nine drug courier Re­nae Lawrence has been ac­cused of plot­ting to mur­der a Bali jail guard and has been moved out of Ker­obokan Jail.

The dra­matic plot, al­legedly hatched with another fe­male pris­oner, was uncovered when jail au­thor­i­ties dis­cov­ered phone text mes­sages be­tween Lawrence and the other pris­oner dur­ing a search of the cells.

The mes­sages were in the phone of the other pris­oner, Joan­inha Maria So­nia Gon­za­les, an East Ti­morese in­mate charged with kid­nap­ping a baby from a French fam­ily in Bali. She is known as ‘‘Black So­nia’’.

A knife, al­legedly to use in the killing, was found on Lawrence’s bed in her cell.

Ker­obokan Jail Gov­er­nor Gusti Ngu­rah Wi­ratna told News Ltd of the plot and of his anger that a pris­oner whom he trusted and treated like his own daugh­ter had be- trayed him.He has vowed to can­cel her last six months of sen­tence re­mis­sions.

Lawrence, who was in hos­pi­tal on Fri­day to un­dergo an ap­pen­dec­tomy, was yes­ter­day moved di­rectly from the hos­pi­tal to a jail in Jem­brana, West Bali. The other pris­oner was moved to a jail in Gian­yar, also in Bali.

The al­leged plot came to light when the Gov­er­nor and au­thor­i­ties were in the women’s block in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims of a drug party amongst women pris­on­ers af­ter photographs of pris­on­ers tak- ing drugs sur­faced in a lo­cal pa­per. Mr Wi­ratna said he was check­ing to see if the photo had been taken in the women’s block.

‘‘ In the mo­bile phone, I found a chat be­tween So­nia and Re­nae. They were plan­ning to mur­der our friend, a woman guard. On the chat, Re­nae told So­nia to kill the guard be­cause they hate her.

‘‘On the chat, Re­nae also said that she had pre­pared a knife for So­nia, to use on killing the guard.

‘‘When we check to Re­nae’s room, we find a knife on her bed,’’ Mr Wi­ratna said. Re­nae was given 6 months of re­mis­sion on In­done­sian In­de­pen­dence day this year.

‘‘I used to trust her to man­age the women’s block. But now she wants to kill our friend,’’ Mr Wi­ratna said.

‘‘When she was sick, I treated her like my daugh­ter. I con­tacted her fam­ily, and gave her a per­mit to be treated in hos­pi­tal. She has re­ally dis­ap­pointed me.’’

Lawrence, the only fe­male of the Bali Nine, re­ceived the low­est sen­tence, 20 years, af­ter help­ing au­thor­i­ties.

Re­nae Lawrence

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