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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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. 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.

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