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Renae Lawrence Wants An End To Car Chase Case

Convicted Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence is expected to plead guilty to taking part in a 2005 high-speed stolen car chase with police.

Lawyer Drew Hamilton told Newcastle Local Court on Thursday Lawrence, 41, was anxious to have the case finalised.

Mr Hamilton indicated his submissions during Lawrence's sentencing hearing - set down for January 31 - would take about an hour.

"My client (Lawrence) is most anxious to have the matter resolved," he said.

While a formal plea is yet to be entered, her lawyer indicated outside court she does not intend to fight the charges.

Lawrence - who was not required to attend court on Thursday - has been suffering from anxiety and depression since her return to Australia in November last year, according to court documents, following her release from a Bali prison where she served 13 years' jail for drug smuggling.

Lawrence handed herself in to Waratah police station soon after arriving home to answer outstanding warrants over the high-speed chase.

She had been facing charges of car theft, driving unlicensed, exceeding the speed limit by 40km/h and failing to stop for police before she travelled to Bali in April 2005.

Police claim she stole a white Ford Laser hatch at Enfield at about 4am on March 26, 2005, and was driving at 130km/h in a 90km/h zone at Mooney Mooney before her arrest.


Lawrence was caught at Bali airport in April 2005 with 2.7kg of heroin strapped to her body and jailed for 20 years.

She served 13 years after being granted sentence reductions.

The two ringleaders in the smuggling plan, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were executed in 2015.


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