Looking for love in all the wrong places

Credit:  Diimex, via Stuff

Credit: Diimex, via Stuff

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 … 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.  

He is being held for suspected drug trafficking under article 113-2 of Indonesian law — an offence that carries death penalty, or a minimum 5 years imprisonment.

He has been handed over to the police for investigation, and is currently in police custody. He will remain there until the investigation is complete, when he is likely to be transferred to Kerobokan prison, where two Australians — Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan — and British woman Lindsay Sandiford are already on death row for drug smuggling offences.

Ministers for new president Joko Widodo have just confirmed that five drug criminals will be executed in the near future after exhausting all avenues of appeal.

Pro Tip:   If your fiancee wants you to import 1.7 kg of Meth into Indonesia so she can afford to pay for the wedding, don’t.

 

– Liam Hyslop, Stuff


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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