‘Biggest Mistake of My Life,’ Says Cocaine-Arrested Australian
A middle-aged Australian man living in Bali said on Monday that he is “ashamed” at being caught with cocaine and feels he has let Australia down.
Speaking to The Bali Times at Kuta Police Headquarters, where he is being held, Angus McCaskill said he had committed “the biggest mistake of my life.”
The 57-year-old was arrested last Wednesday at the Pepito shopping complex in Tuban with what police said was 3.85 grams of cocaine in his possession. He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Angus McCaskill is not his real name, according to media reports from New Zealand, where the suspect was born, but Willie Rare, an investment advisor working in Australia, where he had become naturalised.
A Facebook account belonging to McCaskill contains photographs and a video of him partying with other foreigners in Bali. He said he has an “on-off” relationship with a woman from Texas, who was devastated upon hearing news of his arrest.
McCaskill has made multiple visits to Bali, police said, while Australian officials said he was a long-term resident of the island.
The suspect was brought before the media on Sunday at a police press conference but shielded his face with clothing.
He told The Bali Times on Monday: “I’m ashamed to have let Australia down. That’s what I feel.”
He said he had not encountered any difficulties in police detention.
“I’m being well treated. The people in the cell with me ask, ‘Who’s that foreigner?’ And then they come over and shake my hand and we introduce ourselves.”
McCaskill said that while the arrest was in progress, he didn’t think that was what was happening.
He said he was asked by police what was in the packets of cocaine and told them: “It’s medicine for diabetes.”
Kuta Police chief Wimboko confirmed that account.
“At first McCaskill said it was diabetes medicine and that he would drink it with orange juice or milk. Then we brought him to the police station and tested it and it was positive for cocaine,” he told The Bali Times.
McCaskill said he was drunk when police apprehended him. “But that is not an excuse. I know what I did was wrong. It’s the biggest mistake of my life. I’m aware of the implications of what I’ve done and I’m taking responsibility for it,” he said.
He said that his friends in Melbourne, where he was based in Australia, were astonished at what had happened to him.
“All my friends in Melbourne were shocked, and if someone had slapped me on the face that night (of drinking), I wouldn’t be where I am now. I should have gone home, not gone out to places around Ku De Ta like every tourist does,” he said, referring to an upmarket club and restaurant in Seminyak.
With reporting by Asthra EffendyFiled under: Headlines