Wally Schapelle Corby? She’s somewhere in Brisbane and, wherever she is, she managed to get there undetected, despite Sunrise airing live aerial footage following the car that was supposedly transporting her from Brisbane Airport.
Schapelle and her sister, Mercedes Corby, poked fun at the way media outlets had been closely following Schapelle’s return to Australia in a cheeky Instagram video posted to Schapelle’s account — which has racked up more than 172,000 followers in a matter of days — last night.
“There’s the convoy. ’Pelle’s being chased by helicopter,” Mercedes’ voice can be heard saying in the video, which is focused on the TV’s ‘live’ broadcast of Schapelle being driven to her secret destination.
Then Mercedes laughs and pans the camera to Schapelle, who’s standing in the room with her. Schapelle does a cheeky, smug shrug in a ‘sucked in, media’ kinda way, and the footage goes back to the TV. In the caption, Mercedes thanked the security team who managed to sneak them to Brisbane, in an operation that a security expert told news.com.au would have cost more than $40,000.
This video also marked the first time Schapelle has shown her face since re-entering the country.
Some commenters also speculated that Mercedes may not have been recording the video ‘live,’ and that it might have been a recording of the Sunrise footage.
Schapelle and her family have been closely followed by media over the past few days, even though some TV personalities have questioned the obsession with tracking her every move. Karl Stefanovic of Today said on Monday morning, “There are far more important things in life than pursuing and losing Schapelle Corby. We in the media have a responsibility to inform, but I reckon we were all made to look like idiots yesterday.”
“And to what end? Where Schapelle is, what she looks like… come on. We know. And you know what? It ain’t that interesting. Move along, please.”
Schapelle was behind bars for nine years in Bali after she was convicted of smuggling 4.2kg of cannabis into Indonesia in October 2004. She was released on parole in February 2014, and had to leave Bali by May 27, 2017.
Since becoming active on social media, Schapelle has posted about her ‘FREEDOM,’ as well as William Tyrrell, the young boy who’s been missing for two years, after he disappeared from his grandmother’s house in NSW in September 2014.
Tyrrell’s family has distanced themselves from Schapelle’s Instagram posts, saying in a statement:
Whatever Schapelle does next, you can be sure the media — and her growing followers — will be watching.