Australia's most notorious drug trafficker set to return home

On Saturday Australia's most notorious drug trafficker will finish her sentence in Bali and be deported back to Australia.

The 36-year-old could be free from prison in Bali as early as this afternoon. Source: 1 NEWS

It will be the first time Schapelle Corby has been home since she was arrested for importing 4.1kg of marijuana into Indonesia more than 12 years ago.

The 39-year-old's case became a national obsession, and her and her family maintain her innocence.

THE TIMELINE:

October 8, 2004

Corby, then 27, is arrested at Denpasar Airport in Bali. Customs find the drugs in her bodyboard bag.

Early 2005

Corby goes on trial and professes her innocence, saying she had no idea how the marijuana ended up in her bag.

The defence argues they were planted at the airport. In April Corby collapses in the courtroom, with her sister blaming the media scrutiny.

May 27, 2005  

Corby is found guilty of importing a narcotic and is sentenced to 20 years in prison, prompting an outpouring of emotion in the courtroom.

The verdict and dramatic scenes that followed were broadcast live on Australian television, and many Australians were horrified.

She is sent to the notorious Kerobokan prison.

2005 - 2012 

The former beauty school student goes through various appeals and pleas for clemency, and in 2012 has her sentence reduced.

In 2008 her father dies in Brisbane and allegations he was involved in the marijuana trade are aired.

2014 

Corby is granted parole and is released from prison, but must stay in Indonesia until 2017.

THE FINAL DAYS

Corby has been spending her final days effectively in hiding in her home in Kuta.

She is said to be fearful of the media outside, watching for her every move. Her sister Mercedes is with her and has lashed out at the media for being intrusive.

The media has also been blamed for her refusing to make a required monthly trip to report for parole.

WHAT NOW?

On Saturday Corby will be deported and flown back to Australia.

She is expected to land to a media circus in Brisbane on Sunday.

There are plenty of questions over how she will settle back into life in Australia, and fears for how her time in prison has affected her mental health.

Convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby may be spending her last weekend in prison. Source: 1 NEWS

There has also been speculation over a media deal, however, under Australian law she is not allowed to profit from criminal activity.

WHAT'S CHANGED?
A lot can happen in nearly 13 years.

Since Corby was last in Australia:

  • The country's had five leadership changes (John Howard was still in power when she made her fateful trip to Bali)
  • The era of social media has been ushered in. In 2004 Facebook was limited to Harvard students, and Twitter and Youtube didn't exist. Nor did iPhones.
  • In 2004 New South Wales was still dominating State of Origin. Since her arrest Queensland has won 10 out of the 12 years.


Police commend Good Samaritan as two kidnap attempts thwarted in Christchurch this morning

A man tried to abduct two women in back-to-back incidents in Christchurch this morning but failed after they fought back, with help from at least one bystander, according to police.

Authorities said they are speaking to a man over the incidents but are appealing to the public for more witnesses to come forward.

According to police, the first botched kidnapping occurred at 5.30am when he approached a woman at her car in the Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre on Ilam Road.

He then fled on a bicycle, pedalling through Jellie Park before approaching a jogger at the entrance of Ray Blank Park on Maidstone Road, police said.

The attacker fled again on bicycle after the woman fought him off, aided by a motorist who stopped to help her, according to police.

But this time he was followed by a motorist, who alerted police to a home on a nearby cul-de-sac that he was seen entering.

"We would really like to thank the member of the public who stopped to help the second victim," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner said in a statement. "As the alleged offender is talking to Police we are confident the public has no reason to be concerned."

Anyone who saw either incident this morning and hasn't yet talked to police is asked to call 03 363 7400 to make a statement.

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Auckland woman admits pimping out 14-year-old girl for sex

A 19-year-old woman has admitted pimping out a 14-year-old, accepting money from the client, and driving the girl to and from hotels around downtown Auckland.

Monoka Kelly appeared at the High Court in Auckland this morning where she pleaded guilty to a representative charge of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl.

Kelly's charge covers four occasions in March and April last year.

According to the summary of facts, she set up a profile for the 14-year-old on a smartphone app used by prostitutes.

The 19-year-old solo mother took the girl to the hotels and then received payment from the client by way of internet bank transfers.

Some of the money went to the 14-year-old.

Kelly was due to go on trial next week but this morning's guilty plea means the trial is not necessary.

Justice Downs remanded her on bail but said there was every prospect she would face a lengthy prison term when she appeared for sentence in November.

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Nudes v prudes: Cheeky homeowners' bare-all yard work flusters self-proclaimed small-town, USA

Flustered residents of a Florida neighbourhood are learning the hard way about the limitations of nudity laws there.

Several residents of Stuart, which touts itself as one of the best small towns in the United States, have complained and called police about a neighbour who has found that yard work and chores are less tedious when in the nude.

The problem: Said work is often in the man's front yard, in full view of neighbours and motorists, local media outlets have reported.

"I came out Sunday night to put the trash out, and I look over and he is bent over, winding up his hose, and I'm like that is my view of the neighbourhood," Melissa Ny said with a laugh this week as she talked with TV station WPBF 25.

Another resident had a more angry tone as he pointed out the home sits next to a school bus stop.

But there's not much neighbours can do about it aside from complaining to the media.

Florida law allows people to be nude on their own property as long as they aren't engaging in "vulgar, indecent, lewd, or lascivious" behaviour, and police reckon trimming hedges and washing a car is not considered any of those, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reports.

“I look over and he’s bent over winding up his hose, and that’s my view of my neighbourhood,” Melissa Ny said with a laugh. Source: WPBF


Drum lines set out as hunt begins for shark that attacked Kiwi girl in Queensland

Drum lines will be set after two tourists were critically injured in separate attacks at a harbour in the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland.

A 12-year-old New Zealand girl holidaying with her father and sister received a life-threatening wound to her leg on Thursday afternoon at Cid Harbour.

The attack came less than 24 hours after Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick, 46, was also bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same harbour.

The child was in a critical condition at Mackay Base Hospital but it's understood she will be transported to Brisbane for further treatment.

Ms Barwick was taken to Brisbane on Thursday and her condition has since been upgraded to stable in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Fisheries Queensland will set three baited drum lines in the harbour on Friday in a bid to catch the shark or sharks responsible.

"It is possible that there's more than one shark involved in these unfortunate events," the department's shark control program manager Jeff Krause told the ABC.

"We don't normally go out and search for any sharks that may have been involved in a shark attack but due to the nature of these multiple attacks, Fisheries Queensland is going to deploy three drum lines in a bid to try and catch some of the sharks in that area."

Mr Krause said various types of whaler species as well as bull and tiger sharks can be found in waters around the harbour and he advised against swimming in or near Cid Harbour for the time being.

The last attack in the area was eight years ago.

Shark attack expert Daryl McPhee, from Bond University, said while the likelihood of being attacked by a shark is slim, the Great Barrier Reef has a higher population of sharks than other areas.

"That increases the chances of something happening," Associate Professor McPhee said.

"Sharks will bite things that they think are prey and sometimes they consider people prey."

Emergency services say the young girl lost a lot of blood in the Whitsunday Islands attack. Source: Breakfast