Champagne corks are being popped at the home of Schapelle Corby’s mother, after the convicted drug smugger was freed on parole.
Celebrations are in full swing at the suburban Queensland home of Schapelle Corby’s mother Rosleigh Rose.
Cheers, yells and the sound of popping corks could be heard coming from the backyard of the family home at Loganlea, south of Brisbane, on Monday afternoon.
Ms Rose has taped off the entry to her front door and boarded up her windows following the news her daughter has been released on parole from Bali’s Kerobokan prison after more than nine years inside.
A clearly delighted Ms Rose made a brief appearance outside to pop a champagne cork in front of the media, but did not speak.
A throng of family friends and well wishers have been making their way in and out of the residence, but have been reluctant to speak to waiting media.
Corby’s half-brother James Kisina left the home about midday drinking a celebratory beer with a friend.
The pair returned about an hour later with party supplies – a bottle of bourbon, a two-litre bottle of coke and a carton of beer.
“I’m speechless,” Mr Kisina told media about news of his sister’s release.
“I’m just going to go party, hey.”
Mr Kisina said he did not know what he would say to his sister when he eventually saw her, but would be giving her a hug.
A family friend, who did not want to be named, told reporters the family was braced for the intense media interest.
“It’s going to be worse than Lady Di, everywhere she goes, any time she scratches her bum or anything, someone will have a picture,” he said before leaving on his motorbike.
The visitor described Schapelle as “very nice, like her mum”.
The man, who said he’d known Ms Rose for 42 years, said he expected her to go to Bali to visit her daughter, but hadn’t asked why she wasn’t there already.
“It’s her life, her daughter, her way of dealing with things,” he said.
“I think she’d go totally to pieces if she went over there – one, because of the circus over there, and that’d tear her apart more than anything and I think Schapelle realises that.”
Ms Rose’s brother Shun Hutton, who frequently visited Schapelle at her Bali prison, has spoken of the huge price his niece has paid.
“That poor girl, most people in their lives expect when their parents or grandparents die, they can mourn them,” he told Fairfax media.
“She has lost her father, her stepfather, her grandmother, in that time and hasn’t been able to say goodbye, one of the things we all hold dear.
“The Christmases, the birthdays, nothing has been the same as it would have been.”
He said many members of the family were planning trips to Bali very soon to reunite with Schapelle.