Drug-accused Kiwi 'stressed' in Bali custody

Last updated 21:34 20/02/2014
Leeza Tracey Ormsby

DEEP TROUBLE: Leeza Tracey Ormsby.

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A New Zealander being held in Bali after  a drug raid is stressed, sleeping on the floor and has had only one  friend visit her cell, her lawyer says.

Sydney-based Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, remains in custody after  being arrested in a police raid on a villa north of Kuta on Wednesday last week.

Police allege they found her in possession of a marijuana  cigarette.

They then seized six tablets of hashish, seven tablets of MDMA,  electronic scales, duct tape and wrapping plastic from the villa.

Ormsby could be charged with distributing drugs, an offence that  carries a maximum 20-year jail term.

She denies the allegations.

Her Indonesian lawyer, Ari Soenardi, said: ‘‘Definitely she’s not  admitting it because she didn’t feel she did it.’’

He said his client was "a little bit stressed and disturbed",  particularly since hearing the media was reporting her predicament.

When he visited on Tuesday, he took her books on how to speak basic Indonesian.

‘‘At that time, she was in a cell with a group of four women  prisoners,’’ Soenardi said.

‘‘She sleeps on a mat.’’

Soenardi said the woman’s family was in New Zealand, but she had seen one visitor.

He said Ormsby went alone to Bali as a backpacker.

Australian magazine Woman’s Day reports Ormsby told few people about the trip to Bali, leaving her Sydney flatmates a note to say  she would be back in seven days, and part of her rent.

One of her flatmates, James, told the magazine Ormsby had  stopped going to her job as a shop assistant.

‘‘She said she was stressed and needed to get away from  everything — life was getting too much,’’ he said.

Consular staff from the New Zealand embassy in Jakarta have visited the Rotorua-born woman.

Her arrest came just two days after convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby was released on parole from Bali’s Kerobokan jail.

The Australian was sentenced to 20 years’ jail but could have  been sentenced to death after being arrested in 2004 at Denpasar’s  airport with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana.

Corby served nine years before qualifying to serve her parole in  Bali.

- An earlier version of this story attributed comments to a lawyer who claimed to have represented Schapelle Corby. The Corby family say she had never represented them.

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