Schapelle Corby has lost a big chunk of her life

EDITORIAL: Ten years ago, a woman named Schapelle Leigh Corby was apprehended by Balinese customs officers.

After a search was carried out, 4.2kg of marijuana was found in vacuum-sealed plastic in her bodyboard bag.

Thus began a saga that has captivated the nation right up until her release - expected this week - and no doubt beyond.

This week, scrolling through my Facebook news feed, I've seen so many comments from people saying they are tired of hearing about Corby and her struggle to be released.

She has long maintained her innocence, but it seems the population of my Facebook friends do not buy into the Australian girl wrongfully accused overseas routine - and frankly, neither do I.

Where I differ from them, however, is my interest in Corby's court case.

I have said in a previous opinion piece that, being of a similar age to Corby when she was first imprisoned, I have a certain amount of sympathy for her.

I can't imagine losing 10 years right now, at an age where my 20s are almost over and I think of things I never considered before, like marriage, children, owning my own house.

I want to enjoy everything the next 10 years will bring and I can't imagine spending it inside a jail cell - one in Australia, let alone a Bali prison.

I know people out there will say there's no need to imagine this scenario if you don't commit a crime and they are right.

But, guilty or not, I can't help but empathise with this woman and hope that her 10 years behind bars for a crime that would probably attract a much lesser sentence in Australia will not prevent her from going on to have a good life.



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