Media hype hurt case for Corby



SCHAPELLE Corby could have got a better result had there been less media hype, says a QC who may help with her appeal.

Barrister Tom Percy, QC, said he had no doubt the 27-year-old was innocent, and blamed the media circus for putting pressure on the case.

"I have no doubt at all other people have got better results over there because the whole matter was kept a lot quieter," he added.

The Perth-based barrister, also acting for one of the Bali Nine, has been approached to assist Corby's legal team in preparing its appeal against the Gold Coast woman's 20-year jail sentence.

He would be aided by fellow Perth silk Mark Trowell, QC, also representing some of the Bali Nine.

Both would be acting pro bono if they agreed to help with the appeal.

Mr Percy said he didn't blame Corby's defence for the way they handled the case.

"I think that there was so much pressure on people close to her, her family and her legal representatives, to make explanation because the case had assumed a life of its own," he said.

Mr Percy said he met Corby's lawyers on Sunday to discuss an appeal and came away with the opinion that the facts of the case "just didn't stack up".

"I'm not an expert in the cannabis market but I would have very, very grave reservations that anyone would want to bring cannabis in that quantity to Bali. It really doesn't stack up," he said.



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