Aus­tralian jailed for Bali sex abuse

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN el­derly Aus­tralian man was jailed for 15 years yes­ter­day for sex­u­ally abus­ing In­done­sian girls on the re­sort is­land of Bali af­ter lur­ing them to his house with prom­ises of gifts.

Robert An­drew Fid­des El­lis was found guilty of abus­ing at least 11 girls since 2014 at his home on the is­land.

The 70-year-old would bathe the chil­dren – aged be­tween seven and 17 – and touch them in­ap­pro­pri­ately, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Mr El­lis’ lawyer said he would file an ap­peal as po­lice had treated him in an “in­hu­mane” man­ner.

Au­thor­i­ties had only fo­cused their in­ves­ti­ga­tion on El­lis when two other peo­ple in­volved in bring­ing him the chil­dren had yet to be ques­tioned, said lawyer Yan­uar Na­hak.

At an ear­lier hear­ing, Mr El­lis had ad­mit­ted his ac­tions but tried to down­play them, say­ing, “I did it – but it’s not a se­ri­ous thing.”

In ad­di­tion to the jail sen­tence, Mr El­lis was or­dered to pay a fine of 2 bil­lion ru­piah (around US$153,000) or serve an ad­di­tional six months in jail. –

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