Tony de Malmanche’s lawyer is tugging on the heart strings

Diimex, via Stuff

Diimex, via Stuff

Long term readers will know I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to meth dealers, traffickers and manufacturers.  The stuff is evil.  It destroys.  That’s all it does.  And Anthony is finding that out.

The Whanganui man who may face the death penalty for allegedly smuggling 1.7kg of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia hopes the comfort of a mattress and pillow awaits him at the notorious Kerobokan Prison in Bali.

Tony de Malmanche, a 52-year-old invalid beneficiary with an extensive mental health history, has struggled with harsh living conditions in his crammed police cell since his December 1 arrest with the drugs in his bag at Denpasar International Airport.

Should he die for this?   Yes.   1.7kg of “alleged” meth out on the market would have killed more than one person.  I have no problem with the idea that he has to die – it’s the way they do it over there.

That’s not stopping his lawyer from trying to get you on his side.

“He’s looking forward to having a mattress and pillow (in prison) because he’s only had a thin rubber mat to sleep on up ’til now,” his Tauranga-based lawyer, Craig Tuck, said today.

“I understand the jail, although harsh in our standards, has a lot more going for it than a police cell.”

[H]e would shift in a few days to the prison, which offered better living conditions than the police cell he shared with 27 others.

“It’s been very difficult for him to sleep and the heat has been intense.”

Prisoners were offered two small bowls of rice, a few anchovies and a slice of carrot as typical daily rations, although Tuck’s team supplemented his diet with groceries twice a week, a common practice by inmates’ families or friends.

However, some less fortunate prisoners with little support were very skinny, he said.

“I’ve seen some sights there where it’s just dead people walking.”

Last weekend’s execution of five foreigners and one local woman convicted on drug offences in Indonesia – including one who smuggled only 300gm of methamphetamine – plus its plans to shoot another 60 inmates had added significant pressure to the New Zealander’s dire situation, he said.

“He’s at a real risk,” Tuck said of de Malmanche’s chances of facing a firing squad.

To be entirely honest, the death penalty may be kinder on him than a life sentence in Kerobokan, the jail Schapelle Corby withered away in on the basis of some weed in a boogie board.   1.7 kg… it’s not looking good for Anthony, and the amount of domestic sympathy that this lawyer will raise will have exactly zero effect on the Indonesian justice system.


– Deirdre Mussen, Stuff


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  • jude

    I just can’t get my head around the fact that people still traffic dugs through these countries.
    There has been so much in the news about what happens if you get caught.
    No amount of money is worth that risk.
    As for “mental health issues” , “naivety or gullibility” would they not be reason enough not to travel anywhere that has the death penalty?

    edit: I am totally against trafficking drugs anywhere, New Zealand included.It is the fact that the death penalty does not appear to be as much as a deterrent as I thought

    • Albert Lane

      So how did a beneficiary get the money to travel around Asia? Should beneficiaries be required to notify their absence from NZ for any length of time, so that it can be ascertained how they got the money to pay for their air-fare, accommodation and other travel expenses.

  • Aucky

    There will be a wave of support for de Malmanche avidly fed by the MSM. NZ’s very own Schapelle Corby & pulling all the right strings – broke, alone, beguiled by an Asian woman and of course he had absolutely no idea what was in the backpack. And now they want to try him and shoot him!

    The MSM needs to be very careful as does the lawyer who is feeding them their headlines. Asian courts detest offshore criticism and excessive media coverage will prejudice the case.

  • caochladh

    Craig Tuck should apply for the Countdown PR job.

  • geoff

    I can understand why the Indonesian president has had enough. Often foreign drug traffickers come from western countries, brought up in a life style the average Indonesian can only dream about. Yet these traffickers it seems couldn’t care less that their activities ultimately make these locals lives even worse; just as long as they can make money.

    • Albert Lane

      Yes, but I’m under the impression that drugs are freely available on the streets in Bali. But the dealers would pay off the police, and they’d never be arrested.

  • Eiselmann

    The lawyer is doing his job so no issue there , however anyone who believes he should be let off the hook completely because of his sob story , has to remember at some point he made a choice, ill advised maybe but still a choice. If those drugs had reached their intended targets , kicking off a habit that destroys the life of someone they care about would they still want him set free because of his sob story?

    • Terence Hodgson

      But it probably doesn’t help that the lawyer said (TV3) the judicial executions were actually ‘slaughter’: immediately downgraded that lawyer’s effect.

  • Tom

    Theres no H in Wanganui

    • Wallace Westland

      Well there should be…so there :-)

      • Tom

        Ok Whallace

        • Albert Lane

          Whallace Whestland ? So why not? Sounds good. Looks good.

  • abbaby

    “I just can’t get my head around the fact that people still traffic drugs through these countries. There has been so much in the news about what happens if you get caught.”
    That’s why I think he should be tried in terms of having a slow disposition. What kind of person would do this, a crazy person?
    I wish there was a way NZ could protect its citizens with NZ laws, rather than have them face penalties that we have expelled from our system because it was deemed repulsive.

  • abbaby

    “1.,7kg of meth out on the market would have killed more than one person. I have no problem with the idea that he has to die …”

    It’s not good stuff, but would it really kill people? Could we get a source for this presented ‘fact’ please?

    • mark14

      its not cough medicene you know

    • Old Man, Torbay.

      It is fact. For more information just google “death from meth”.

  • STAG

    I will be appalled at any domestic sympathy, what moron, New Zealand is better off without him, dead or life in prison he’s their problem now.

  • HSV325

    He will never see Wanganui again whatever the outcome. He will be eating a bullet or die in prison. It definitely won’t be a good 2015 for this man.

  • The fact that we’re supposed to feel sorry for him, and they’re insinuating diminished capacity, is another example of progs trying to play the system. He committed a crime, which he seems to have understood (even if he had his ‘reasons’, the question is, ‘Do you understand that carrying P is illegal?’). The fact that Indonesia is not full of progs like we are is the point: they’ll execute people who break their laws. That we wouldn’t want to do that is entirely irrelevant. If you want the protection of the Crown and our laws, then don’t go abroad and, more particularly, don’t break any laws there.

  • Warren Murray

    The msm reporting of the recent executions of foreign drug smugglers in Indonesia is very superficial, largely focusing on the executions. No info on their individual crimes, when they were caught, or how long they have been in prison. The guy from the Netherlands is actually from West Papua, which was annexed by Indonesia in 1975.

    They took the risk and paid the price.

    Tony wasn’t doing charity work, he took a big risk, now he must face the consequences, which must ave been known to him before hand.