I am presently reading Eamonn Duff’s book Sins of the Father, which was given to me for my birthday. It is, to quote the words on the cover of the book, “the untold story behind Schapelle Corby’s ill-fated drug run”.
For overseas readers, Schapelle Corby is an Australian woman serving a 20 year sentence in a prison in Bali for trying to import 4.2kgs of high grade cannabis into Bali. Convicted in 2005, she has always maintained her innocence and ran a defence that the cannabis was planted in her boogie board bag. With remissions, she will be eligible for parole in 2024 when she will be aged 46.
A paragraph in the early part of the book about her father, Mick, in his younger days had me chuckling:
Noel Vinall remembers very clearly Mick getting busted by the cops for possessing pot in the early 1970’s. He says: ‘There’s quite a funny story behind one of those early marijuana convictions. Mick was on his motorbike, high as a kite, when he smashed straight into the back of a parked car. He was lying there on the ground. His leg was messed up and broken and he couldn’t move. He was going nowhere. Mick was on his back and as he stared upwards, he could see someone standing over the top og him looking down. His vision was all over the place, but he could see there was someone standing there. So he shoves his hand in his pocket and pulls out a bag of grass. He then holds it up to this fella peering over him and says, “Quick, mate, hide this before the coppers come.” The bloke standing over him took the grass and said: “thanks, mate – I am the police and you are under arrest.” ‘
Mick and Schapelle Corby