Being as thick as two bricks and thinking with his other head may lead to a very much shortened life for¬†Antony de Malmanche.
The son of New Zealand man potentially facing the the firing squad in Bali after allegedly importing 1.709kg of methamphetamines believes his father was caught in an online dating scam.
Bali police say the unemployed 52-year-old, Antony de Malmanche, was arrested on Monday at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport after being seen acting suspiciously at the baggage claim area.
The head of customs at the airport, Budi Harjanto, said de Malmanche had flown in from Hong Kong and that Bali was his final destination and he was “here to get married”.
All the alarm bells were going off. ¬†Even his own family told him he was being an idiot. ¬†And still…
“His fiancee, travelling separately will be flying from Hong Kong to join him ‚Ä¶ They were in Hong Kong together. It’s possible he was going to get married using the profits [of carrying the drugs],” Budi said.
But his son, Ashley de Malmanche, told ONE News his father may have been caught up in an online dating scam after travelling to Hong Kong to see a woman he had met online.
He said he was surprised when he learned of his father’s arrest and said he could not afford to go to Bali to visit him.
He went on to tell the New Zealand Herald that he had warned his father about going to visit the woman.
“She lives in South Africa or somewhere. She said she would pay for his trip. I said to him ‘look, this is dodgy, people don’t just do that kind of thing – there is no such thing as a free lunch’. But he went.”
The woman bough him clothes, his ticket over there and money to buy a passport, he said.
He’s obviously a socket short of a socket set. ¬†At the point someone hands you 1.7kg of meth to take into¬†Indonesia as an entry ticket into your impending marriage, anyone with a partially operating brain would have taken the chance to back out. ¬† Read more »