Aussies Weep As They Face Drug Charges In Bali Court
Two Australians charged with cocaine possession in Bali wept in relief after the prosecutor called for sentences of 14 to 18 months, including time served.
Former Melbourne nightclub promoters William Cabantog, 35, and David Van Iersel, 38, had faced up to 12 years behind bars if convicted.
Those found guilty of being drug abusers face a maximum of four years.
The pair were arrested amid police raids on the Lost City nightclub and homes in Canggu on July 19. They were allegedly found in possession of 1.12 grams of cocaine and later returned positive urine tests.
Prosecutor Ni Made Ayu Citra Maya Sari requested 14 months for Van Iersel and 18 months for Cabantog. She also requested that the time they had served since their arrest be taken into account.
Both men wept when they heard the lenient terms, The Daily Telegraph reports.
A court-appointed expert had last week reported both men were heavily dependent on drugs and that they should enter rehabilitation programs.
The call for leniency was helped by both men being polite, admitting their actions and expressing regret, the court heard.
The men are expected back in court on January 6.