Australian jailed for Bali sex abuse
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. –