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Devout US woman jailed for smuggling cocaine in her high heels
From an article by: Angus Thompson, a court reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.
A religiously devout US woman who smuggled cocaine into Australia in her high heels has been jailed for at least 4½ years.
Denise Marie Woodrum, 51, was arrested at Sydney Airport and charged over importing a commercial quantity of the drug after stepping off a flight from Los Angeles on August 4 last year.
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Woodrum, who was associated with an order of Sisters called the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, claimed to have been fooled by a man she met online named “Hendrik Cornelius” into taking the journey.
But in handing down the sentence, which included a maximum term of 7½ years, NSW District Court judge Penelope Wass refused to believe Woodrum had been duped.
“I do not accept that she is genuinely contrite for her offending as opposed to being sorry for the situation she now finds herself caught in,” Judge Wass said on Thursday morning.
“She continues to blameBlame Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action. others for her own reckless actions and appears to have little or no insight into her offending.”
While not a vowed member of the Adorers, Woodrum was a ‘Sojourner’, who took part in religious meetings and prayer sessions with the US branch of the worldwide order.
The court previously heard that she had struck an online romance with Cornelius and had fallen in love with him, despite never meeting him face to face.
“Can you promise you will never leave me?” Woodrum texted him on July 11 last year.
“You are my Only and First True Family!!! [sic]”
Her lawyer, Rebecca Neil, told Judge Wass during a sentencing submissions hearing last month that her client believed she was bringing artifacts into the country for Cornelius.
“She was groomed to provide a financial gain for this person, Hendrik Cornelius, whatever person or persons it was behind this identity,” Ms Neil said.
“There Are Fraudsters Out There Who Are Relying On Women Who Are Vulnerable.”
But Judge Wass said Woodrum knew prior to leaving the US that she wasn’t importing artifacts.