Kir­wan man cops one year in jail for Bali joint

TOWNSVILLE’S Ni­cholas James Lan­gan ( pic­tured) has been sen­tenced to one year in jail by a Denpasar court for smok­ing mar­i­juana on a Bali beach. The sen­tence was lighter than the four years sought by pros­e­cu­tors and will be back­dated to his ar­rest date, J

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TOWNSVILLE’S Ni­cholas James Lan­gan’s crime was to share a joint of mar­i­juana on a Bali beach.

For the of­fence, he has been jailed for one year.

Judges in the Denpasar Dis­trict Court in Bali yesterday found the Kir­wan man guilty of abus­ing a type one nar­cotic.

The sen­tence will be back­dated to the time of his ar­rest, on Jan­uary 26 this year, but it is un­likely he would qual­ify for sen­tence re­mis­sions be­fore his re­lease date.

The In­done­sian man with whom he shared the mar­i­juana and who sourced it for them, was also sen­tenced to one year in jail. The sen­tence was con- sider­ably less than the four years de­manded by pros­e­cu­tors, which at the time had raised eye­brows due to its sever­ity.

The pros­e­cu­tors have seven days to de­cide if they will ap­peal.

Pre­sid­ing judge, Cen­ing Bu­di­ana, said both men had been proven guilty of com­mit­ting the crime to­gether, abus­ing a type one nar­cotic for self- con­sump­tion. The max­i­mum sen­tence for this is four years be­hind bars. The more se­ri­ous charge which Lan­gan had faced, of drug pos­ses­sion, was dis­missed.

“The de­fen­dants’ ac­tions were con­trary to the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­gram of erad­i­cat­ing nar­cotics,” Judge Bu­di­ana said.

“The de­fen­dants’ were pol- ite dur­ing the trial process, forth­right dur­ing the trial process and they are still young and never com­mit­ted a crime be­fore,” he said in hand­ing down the sen­tence.

Lan­gan was ar­rested on Jan­uary 26 this year, just days into a Bali surf­ing hol­i­day and has been locked up ever since, ini­tially in the po­lice cells and now at Ker­obokan prison.

Jus­tice of­fi­cials said yesterday that Lan­gan would not be el­i­gi­ble for sen­tence re­mis­sions un­til six months af­ter his ver­dict, by which time he would due for re­lease any­way.

Dur­ing his trial, Lan­gan de­liv­ered a heart­felt apol­ogy to the court, to In­done­sia and asked that he be al­lowed to re­turn home. He ad­mit­ted his own stu­pid­ity.

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