LAWYERS for Bali Nine drug trafficker Renae Lawrence are hopeful of swiftly resolving her outstanding 2005 driving matters so the 41-year-old can get on with her life after 13 years spent in Kerobokan Prison.
Ms Lawrence, now living at Wallsend, was excused from attending Newcastle Local Court on Thursday during a brief mention of charges relating to the 2005 theft of a Ford Laser at Sydney and a subsequent police pursuit.
In her stead was criminal defence lawyer Drew Hamilton, of Newcastle firm Hamilton Janke Lawyers, who told Magistrate Andrew Eckhold he had been engaged in “meaningful and purposeful discussions with police” in the two weeks since Ms Lawrence was released from jail in Indonesia and extradited to Australia.
The matter was adjourned until January 17, when Ms Lawrence could also be excused from attending.
Ms Lawrence is accused of stealing a white Ford Laser hatchback from a home at Enfield about 4am on March 26, 2005, before allegedly leading police on a pursuit and speeding on the F3 freeway at Mooney Mooney.
Ms Lawrence was allegedly driving the stolen car with fellow Bali Nine member Matthew Norman.
But a month after the pursuit, Ms Lawrence was caught at Bali airport with 2.7kg of heroin strapped to her body and jailed for 20 years. She failed to appear in Gosford Local Court and two arrest warrants were issued on June 20, 2005.
Ms Lawrence handed herself into Waratah police station the day after she landed in Australia and was granted police bail.
As part of those bail considerations, police had to assess the likelihood that Ms Lawrence would serve any jail time.
“Unlikely given the accused was just released from custody overseas from a 13-year sentence,” police wrote.