Australian Drug Convict Weds in Prison


A member of the so-called Bali Nine gang of Australian drug smugglers married his Indonesian girlfriend in Kerobokan Prison on Monday.

Martin Stephens, 34, is serving a life sentence for his role in a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilos of heroin from Bali to Australia.

His marriage to divorcée Christine Puspayanti, also 34 and a mother of one, who met Stephens six years ago while visiting prisoners as part of religious work, was held at a church on the prison grounds, prison chief Siswanto said.

Attending the ceremony were family and friends, including members of the  Bali Nine, three of whom are on death row.

Dressed in traditional Javanese wedding costumes, the couple danced to romantic music before Stephens scooped his bride up in his arms and carried her to cut a three-tiered cake during the reception, to cheers and wolf-whistles.

“I feel so happy,” Stephens told reporters, adding that he was planning to seek a presidential pardon.

“Of course I’m sure it will come true,” he said of his chances.

His new bride said was ecstatic.

“I’m really happy today. God has united us… Who knows, if God wills it, he may be able to leave (prison),” she said.


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One Response to “Australian Drug Convict Weds in Prison”

  1. Lizzie Love Says:

    The wedding was a very “Special” event and is indicative of the compassion and support given to inmates at Kerobokan Jail by the Prison officials, in particular Pak Siswanto the prison governor. The prison provided cakes and sandwiches on arrival, extra security and made everyone feel welcome. Thanks also to Melly and Paula for their organising the food and ceremony. We all danced to the Prison band and Pak Siswanto joined in with a cha cha with a few of The Lipstick Brigade, a group of local and expat volunteers and former or current BIWA members. While BIWA no longer supports the Kerobokan Jail Projects it does send out flyers to members to notify them of events.

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