‘Cocaine Cassie’ reveals plans to follow in Schapelle Corby’s footsteps and join a reality show when she returns to Australia
Convicted drug smuggler ‘Cocaine Cassie’ Sainsbury has confirmed her plans to become a reality star when she returns home to Australia.
On Thursday, the 26-year-old revealed on The Kyle and Jackie O show that she intends to follow in Schapelle Corby’s footsteps upon her arrival Down Under, claiming any reality series would be ‘a blast’.
Cassie, 26, spent three years in the South American country’s notorious El Buen Pastor prison after being convicted of smuggling 5.8kg of cocaine hidden inside headphones in April 2017.
Following in Schapelle’s footsteps: Convicted drug smuggler ‘Cocaine Cassie’ Sainsbury has confirmed her plans to become a reality star when she returns home to Australia
She was released from custody last year to serve the remainder of her six-year sentence on parole in the Columbian capital Bogota due to jail overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic.
After hearing her story during a live radio interview, Kyle Sandilands, 50, exclaimed: ‘We should do a reality show with Cassie… are you up for any reality shows, or anything like that?’
‘I am definitely up for reality shows. I think it would be a blast,’ she giddily responded.
‘Get on to them, people!’ Kyle’s co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson replied.
TV star: Schapelle Corby spent nine years in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison for smuggling marijuana in May 2005. She was released on parole in 2014, and was deported back to Australia in 2017. Pictured: Schapelle on SAS Australia
Due to coronavirus restrictions, it’s not yet known when Cassie will be able to return back to Australia when her parole ends next year.
‘I’m definitely counting down the days until I can go home,’ Cassie, an ex-Adelaide fitness trainer, added.
‘My parole finishes in May next year, but currently with the situation because I’ve been denied my right to work here, and with Covid and everything, there’s a possible chance, the judge is studying my case, to send me home,’ she said.
Meanwhile, Schapelle spent nine years in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison for smuggling marijuana in May 2005.
She was released on parole in 2014, and was deported back to Australia in 2017.
Since her release, she has appeared for a brief stint on SAS Australia, and more recently joined the cast of Dancing With The Stars.
Reality star: Schapelle Corby also appeared on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year
Conviction: Sainsbury was caught with 18 bags of cocaine at Bogota airport in April 2017. Above, a police photo of the evidence
Elsewhere in the interview, Jackie touched upon Schapelle’s experience in jail and compared how the two must be feeling.
‘Schapelle has had a very different experience to you, and spent a lot longer in prison – when she came in to see us for an interview, her mental health suffered greatly from her experience,’ Jackie said.
‘How are you dealing with it?’
‘There’s moments where it’s difficult,’ Cassie explained. ‘Sometimes I’ll randomly start feeling down, I’ll feel like an absolute failure in this lifetime.
‘What helped me on the inside… there were some people who made me see a different side of it, and explained that there are other people worse off.’
Reality star in the making: ‘I am definitely up for reality shows. I think it would be a blast,’ Cassie giddily said