Bali drug mule Lawrence will face charges

The Australian - - THE NATION - JES­SICA CORTIS

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.

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