Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby released on parole

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After more than nine years behind bars, convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has been released from jail.

Over the weekend, the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ syndicating to ‘Perth Now’ reported the release via tweets every few minutes, dribbling information online like fat pigeons passing split bits of worms onto its offspring; then the offspring passing them out as diarrhoea.

Rather than present the Corby news in such a shitty manner, here is our take in a nutshell:

Queensland-born ex-beauty contestant Schapelle Corby was arrested in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of cannabis in a boogie-board bag into Bali.

She got thrown into Bali’s Kerobokan prison, initially sentence for 20 years; served just over nine years in Kerobokan; and was released yesterday morning at 8.15am on parole.

There were dozens of Australian journalists surrounding the prison exit, fighting for photographs of Corby wearing a full face cover made of tartan fabric (it might have been a hat), a scarf and blue and white towel around her. Why she was wearing all of this in humid 28-degree weather is beyond us, suffice to say she looked like a terrorist shying away from all the media attention.

In every photograph, Corby was holding her head down – from when she left the jail all the way through to arriving at the prosecutor’s office, where the media was told she kept “crying, in trauma”. In fact the prosecutor’s exact words, in broken English, were, “She was very quiet crying trauma from what press did to her”.

In the end, what the press have done to Schapelle Corby is make her internationally famous, to the point of practically glamorising the career of drug-smuggling, while she insists on being innocent, and is now allowing her to name her price to any network willing to buy the exclusive rights to ‘her story’.

A story made-up, extrapolated on, or otherwise.

Image: detail from the cover art of ‘Schapelle Corby: My Story’ by Kathryn Bonella.