The article below is extracted from a letter written by a well known advocate and supporter. It was sent to every Australian MP and Senator in June 2010. Less than ten of them replied, and all but a couple of the responses were copy/pasted from prepared text.
Some comments from those who have seen her recently illustrate this further:
- "At one stage she sat on the floor with my daughter's stuffed frog that plays tunes and she was there holding it for 90 minutes without moving." “Schapelle was a strong minded person then, determined not to crumble and determined to prove her innocence. Now she’s like a timid little child who cowers when I scold her for doing silly things, like climbing the water tower.” "She thinks she can hop up and go, she'd just start to get ready. She'd change her clothes and say 'let's go'. "We'd have to say, 'No Schapelle, you can't'." “She’s always talking about being better off dead. I’m really concerned for her. She’s definitely not sane any more. She talks about “going down” which means down into a grave. She says she would be better off dead.”
- "According to her cellmates she doesn't sleep at night," Kerobokan jail doctor Agus Hartawan said. "Sometimes she is blank. Sometimes she just hangs around the cell, sometimes she forgets about things. Sometimes she forgets to look after herself." "On this occasion she was dishevelled, was not looking after herself properly and was paranoid, believing someone was spying on her through a hold in the ceiling of her jail cell." “She has this thing about climbing the water tower, all the time. She’s done it many times and I always have to go out and talk her down. She tries to refuse sometimes but always obeys me in the end – either willingly or forcefully. I just insist in a firm way until she gives in. She never defies me.” "Schapelle Corby is so traumatised by her time in jail that she has lost all touch with reality."
DOCTOR JONATHAN PHILLIPS
The comments from Dr Jonathan Phillips, a former president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and who examined her directly, are even starker:
- "She is now helpless, hopeless, feels useless, she feels alienated, she feels removed from the rest of humanity,"
- "Schapelle has now cut herself quite severely and many times over on two occasions."
- "By any normal definition of insane, Schapelle is sadly in that category."
- "She is in a situation where she could easily move forward to kill herself."
- "She is hanging on by a thread."
Kim Bax, a psychiatric nurse, explains her condition in a YouTube video:
THE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS
In August 2009, New Idea Magazine published an interview with Dr Jonathan Phillips, which starkly described the seriousness of Schapelle Corby's condition.
A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT
Robert McJannett, former Kerobokan prisoner, describes Schapelle Corby's deteriorating condition from first hand experience:
"Schapelle Corby is suffering a slow and torturous death, devoid of human rights, and devoid of any protection by her government."