A Kiwi woman detained in Bali after a drug raid is "doing
it tough" and is relying on her family to keep her fed, clothed
and healthy while she waits for her day in court.
Leeza Tracey Ormsby, 37, was arrested in Bali on February 12
after police found a large quantity of drugs at a villa where
she had been staying.
Sydney-based Ormsby went to the villa north of Kuta beach to
pick up her laptop and clothing and police were waiting for
They found MDMA and methamphetamine at the house and a joint
of cannabis in Ormsby's bag.
She has admitted the joint was hers, but denies she had
anything to do with the harder drugs.
Speaking publicly for the first time, her mother, Rangi
Morrison, told the Herald that Ormsby had been set up. She
believed that straight after she bought the cannabis, the
seller tipped off police.
"They got her straight away. When she got to the villa, they
just swamped her," said Mrs Morrison, who lives in Western
She has not been able to speak to her daughter since her
arrest. Ormsby's siblings have taken turns travelling to Bali
to see her at the Denpasar City police station, where she is
sharing a tiny cell with another woman. Visits are short and
take place only on Wednesdays and Fridays. Ormsby is not
allowed to use the phone and her mother has been too ill to
make the trip.
"It's terrible ... not being able to talk to her, talk about
how she feels," Mrs Morrison said. "It's just cruel."
Ormsby is one of 13 children and along with one of her
brothers was adopted out to a family friend at a young age.
Last Christmas was the first time she met all of her siblings
and Mrs Morrison said it was a special time.
"They all got on so well ... and then this happened," she
"Her brothers and sisters have been to Bali and they take her
food and clothes and toiletries. There is only certain stuff
she is allowed. They took her a pillow but she wasn't allowed
it - they are not allowed to be comfortable there. She was
using her water bottle but they took that too. She's doing it
hard in there at the moment. It's tough for her."
Mrs Morrison said her daughter was living on simple food such
as noodles. She wasn't allowed anything that she could use to
hang herself so could not even wear a sarong to help her deal
with the heat and humidity in her cell - which is not air
Mrs Morrison said the family had been fundraising to get
Ormsby an Australian lawyer. Her lawyer in Bali is Ary
Soenardi, but the language barrier makes it tough for Ormsby
to understand the details of her case.
"The police are trying to put everything on her, but she had
nothing to do with those drugs - absolutely nothing. The
joint was hers, the rest - no. It was all set up.
"We have got a lawyer from Sydney who is going over there for
her court case. That will make it easier for her to
Ormsby's health was "okay" but emotionally and mentally she
was stressed, her mother said.
"Being in there, you can't concentrate on anything else. She
is stressed, but you would be in a situation like that. She
is scared ... heck yes. Her brothers and sisters have just
told her to try and be strong, to hang in there."
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the
New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta was providing consular support
and had visited Ormsby in Bali three times.
It's 31C in Bali, it's muggy and sticky and there's not a
breeze to speak of.
Leeza Ormsby sits in the heat in a small cell at the Denpasar
City police station, as she has done every day since her
arrest on February 12, awaiting her fate.
The 37-year-old was arrested after police raided a villa
where she had been staying and found a large quantity of
She is yet to be charged and police are still building their
case against her, trying to gather as much evidence as
possible that links her to the drugs found at the villa.
Twice already the Bali drug squad have had the file returned
to them, with prosecutors saying they need to do more work on
It is understood that just days ago, police were given a
30-day extension, prolonging Ormsby's wait in the sweltering,
crowded jail even further.
The police station's jail looks forbidding from the street
with its high security gates and pacing officers. But inside,
it has a much more relaxed feeling - nothing like you would
expect in a country renowned for its terror-inducing prison
Ormsby is being held in a small cell with one other woman.
With no air conditioning, people in custody at the police
station rely on glass-louvred windows as their only source of
Ormsby is allowed visitors only on Wednesdays and Fridays.
When the Herald visited, officers on the front desk seemed
familiar with Ormsby. They don't get many Kiwis in their
cells. "Ah, Leeza, yes," they said, and quickly agreed to
allow access to the "prisoner" despite it being a
We could see her, they said, if she agreed.
Two officers went to her cell, less than 100m away. They
returned shaking their heads.
"No, she does not want to see any journalists. It is not the
police, though, it is Leeza," one said.
Ormsby's lawyer did not respond to questions about how she is
coping in jail.
News.com reported Ormsby was "struggling", that she often
banged her head against the wall "in frustration at her
situation and the uncertain future she faces".
If convicted, she will be moved to Kerobokan Prison, where
Australian inmate Schapelle Corby served her time for
smuggling drugs into Bali in a boogie-board bag.
Anna Leask, NZ Herald