Bali drug mule Lawrence will face charges
Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence will face court in January on historical charges dating back to 2005, which are alleged to have occurred a month before she was arrested in Bali for drug smuggling.
The charges include stealing a car, driving unlicensed, speeding and failing to comply with police direction. Shortly after, Ms Lawrence was allegedly involved in a police chase on the NSW central coast.
Ms Lawrence, 41, handed herself in to Waratah Police Station last month after spending 13 years behind bars in a Bali. She was granted conditional bail. She did not appear in court yesterday.
Her lawyer, Drew Hamilton, told magistrate Andrew Eckhold he had earlier contacted the court to have Ms Lawrence excused from attending. Mr Hamilton said there had been “meaningful discussions” with police and he asked for a four- to six-week adjournment until after the Christmas break. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller indicated that he would give Ms Lawrence time to settle back home.