Craig Tuck

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

Now here is a lawyer earning his keep


Antony de Malmanche’s lawyer has instigated a “trial by media” campaign for his client, and the NZ Herald’s Anna Leask is happy to help out rehabilitate Antony’s public image:

Locked in a small concrete cell with 27 other men, 24 hours a day, with no direct sunlight, showering with a bucket and relying on the kindness of police for the necessities of life is not how Antony de Malmanche imagined his first trip to Bali.

When the 52-year-old left his Wanganui flat, he was on the trip of a lifetime. Life had been cruel to him over the years, and this was his chance at real happiness. He had met a woman on the internet and thought he had found his soulmate. He never imagined that following his heart would land him in a dingy Indonesian jail accused of trying to smuggle 1.7kg of methamphetamine into the country and facing the death penalty.

De Malmanche has limited access to the phone at the Denpasar police station, so his lawyer, Craig Tuck, agreed to act as an intermediary and share details of his client’s daily life.

What a good man that Craig Tuck is. ?/sarc

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Antony de Malmanche a patsy?


Accused Kiwi drug smuggler Antony de Malmanche has met with his New Zealand Lawyer Craig Tuck in Bali over the past two days.

Mr Tuck said de Malmanche was being held in a cell with 27 other prisoners with very limited food and amenities. Read more »

Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

Slave ship

Slave ship

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire


So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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