Freed Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has garnered sympathy from some Australians after being hounded by the media as she touched down on home soil for the first time in more than 13 years.
Dozens of reporters, photographers and camera crews were waiting as the 41-year-old flew in to Brisbane airport early on Thursday morning after being released from a Bali prison overnight.
TV morning shows crossed live to the airport as an anxious looking Lawrence, her mother and step-brother, dodged the media pack as they made their way from the international arrivals hall to the domestic terminal so they could board a flight to Newcastle.
Chaotic scenes at Brisbane airport this morning as Bali Nine drug smuggler Renae Lawrence arrived back in Australia. pic.twitter.com/15gMAg5c6o
— SBS News (@SBSNews) November 21, 2018
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) November 21, 2018