Bali Nine drug trafficker Renae Lawrence has avoided further time behind bars after being found guilty of a car theft that took place nearly 14 years ago.
The 41-year-old appeared in the Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday where she was convicted of five charges relating to the 2005 offences, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
According to the publication, Lawrence stole a car in 2005 and led police on a high speed chase along a freeway in New South Wales.
Lawrence, who was only released from a Bali prison in November after 13 years behind bars, was reportedly handed a 12 month community corrections order with supervision for the crime and fined $1,000.
The sentencing comes just months after the convicted drug smuggler turned herself into a NSW police station over the outstanding 2006 warrants.
“A 41-year-old woman reported to Waratah Police Station this afternoon in relation to outstanding warrants from 2005,”a NSW Police spokesperson told 9 News at the time.
“The warrants have been processed. The 41-year-old was granted conditional bail and will face Newcastle Local Court on December 6, 2018.”
It comes after Lawrence was famously arrested in 2005 along with eight other Australians after the group attempted to smuggle more than 8 kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.
She was one of four caught at the Denpasar airport carrying 2.6kg of the drug strapped to her body. Three other members of the group were arrested at a nearby hotel in possession of about 300 grams of heroin, while another two were arrested at the airport in relation to the trafficking.
Almost a year later, Lawrence was handed a life sentence in prison, despite claiming she had been forced to carry the heroin following threats her family would be killed.
Throughout her time in prison, Lawrence’s sentence was reduced and she was transferred from the notorious Kerobokan prison, to Negara prison, and finally to Bangli prison. However, her fellow members didn’t receive the same benefits with the operation’s ring leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran executed in April of 2015.
Meanwhile fellow Bali Nine members Su Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman, Scott Rush and Martin Stephens remain in prison serving life sentences. The final member of the group, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, died of cancer in June last year.