From plane-switching at Bali airport to live-crosses outside her family’s Gold Coast homes, Corby’s return happened in the full glare of news and social media
Schapelle Corby’s return to Australia was a momentous day – for her, and also for the media pack that, in varying forms, has trailed her for the 13 years since she was arrested at Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali with 4kg of cannabis found in a boogie board bag. And so the two were entwined one more time.
Corby’s 20-year prison sentence was commuted by the former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2012 and she was paroled in February in 2014. Her sentence expired on Saturday night. And she as she emerged in Kuta on Saturday afternoon wearing a veil over her face, she was sporting a T-shirt of William Tyrell, an Australian child who disappeared in 2014 – more fuel for the media frenzy.