Bali Nine smuggler involved in murder plot
MICHAEL BACHELARD, INDONESIA CORRESPONDENT, AMILIA ROSA
Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence will not face a murder conspiracy charge but has already been moved out of Kerobokan prison after being found with a knife and text messages discussing a murder plot against a prison guard.
The other female prisoner she was texting was found in possession of a commando knife after a search of the women's cells.
The only female Bali Nine member and, until now a model prisoner, Lawrence was moved out of Kerobokan prison on Saturday afternoon to another prison in Negara-Jembrana in western Bali.
She is the only Bali Nine member to have been removed from Kerobokan.
Kerobokan prison governor I Gusti Ngurah Wiratna said a cell search on Saturday had revealed a Blackberry messenger chat between Lawrence and another prisoner, Sonia Gonzales.
"They talked about killing a female guard using a knife. We found the knife when we searched Sonia, a commando knife", Wiratna said.
Sonia was also transferred to a different prison.
A second knife, described by Mr Wiratna as a "folding knife" was found among Lawrence's belongings.
It was unclear if they were talking of killing one guard or two "because there were more than a few conversations," he said.
Wiratna said the prison was still confirming earlier reports that Lawrence had taken photographs of other prisoners smoking the drug ice and distributing them to a local newspaper.
The photographs we taken in cell 10 inside the women's block, and prompted the search which revealed the knives and the Blackberry messenger conversation.
"We don't know what her motive is yet for wanting to kill the guard. As a leader, I consider the guard as someone of integrity. Maybe Renae wasn't happy about something. Maybe she didn't get what she wanted. She was upset," Wiratna said.
However, he said later no charges would be laid.
"We will not be contacting police to investigate further. It will be written as a violation of prison rules. Harsh words are used in prisons more often then the outside world," he said.
"Just because a person says they want to kill you, it doesn't necessarily mean they will."
Wiratna recalled Lawrence saying to Sonia in one part of the conversation, "Use the knife, use the metal chains (chains wrapped around your fist)".
Sonia answers: "Yes Daddy, I will do anything you say. I am used to going in and out of prisons. You only die once."
To minimise disturbances, Lawrence was moved to her new prison directly from the hospital, where she had received an appendectomy.
The prison governor said the woman's block "feels more calm" since Lawrence had been moved.
"I am very disappointed with her, we trusted her," he said.
Until now Lawrence has received maximum remissions for good behaviour of up to eight months per year. But Wiratna is exploring the possibility of revoking the recent award of remission which he gave in August.
Her good behaviour record, if it had been continued, could have seen her out of jail in four or five years, well ahead of other Bali Nine members. That prospect now seems impossible.
- Sydney Morning Herald