Three Months’ Jail Sought for Aussie Drug Teen


Prosecutors recommended on Friday a three-month jail sentence for an Australian teenage boy charged with drug possession on the resort island of Bali.

The 14-year-old boy was facing a maximum sentence of six years’ imprisonment after being caught in Bali last month with nearly seven grams of marijuana while on holiday with his parents.

“We demand the defendant spend three months in prison, less than the usual sentence time. We have taken into consideration that he is a child and that his behaviour can change,” prosecutor I Gusti Putu Gede Atmaja said after the closed-door hearing.

Under articles 127 and 128 of Indonesia’s narcotics law, if the boy as a minor has a documented history of drug use, he could escape a prison term altogether and undergo rehabilitation instead.

“We have asked for the boy to be excused under article 127 and 128, all our evidence and witnesses support that. We hope the judge will rule fairly,” the boy’s lawyer, Muhammad Rifan, said.

The defence has provided the court with a letter from an Australian doctor describing the boy as a drug user, and a local psychologist who has examined the boy since he was arrested more than a month ago supported the argument.

The boy has been detained since October 4, when police arrested him in Kuta.

The judge’s verdict is scheduled for November 25.

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4 Responses to “Three Months’ Jail Sought for Aussie Drug Teen”

  1. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    Great…send the boy to jail and he will come in contact with hardened criminals and drug users and pushers…not a good idea. Deport him and rule that he can never enter Indonesia again, ever.

    In fact the parents should serve the three months jail time.

  2. d Says:

    i have been in jail kerobokan when i was 24 and i think is better to send him home or to a diffrent jail like rutan klungkund but sure not kerobokan

  3. Great Says:

    Put a 14year old kid in a scruffy jail for some weed, while in kuta loads of dealers sell harder stuff like cocaine etc. openly.

    Ok you can say he should have known the laws in Indonesia… But the guy who sold this shit shares his earnings with the police right now and will incite the next kid to do stupid things…and will get away with it.

  4. disgusted Says:

    Our former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wants this druggie home and will stop at nothing to get him back to Australia for some unknown reason. I do hope the Bali people and media cause inquiries into the Judge who let this boy off and jumped the queue for him. This boy is a druggie and should be in gaol. How many other drug cases in Bali and Australia will this Kevin Rudd interfere in. He is using taxpayer money not his own.