South African Brett Theo Savage (44) has been sentenced to life in prison by the Denpsar District Court after being convicted of trying to carry 2.4 kilograms of methamphetamines into Bali.
In handling down the sentence, the panel of judges rejected prosecutor’s recommendations for a 17-year sentence and imposing instead a life sentence. The judges also had at their option the possibility of imposing death before a firing squad for the man.
Kompas.com reports that Savage was tense and nervous as he awaited the sentence of the court. The chief judge told the court that Savage’s refusal to freely admit the drugs were his, despite proof presented before the court that he tried to conceal and import the narcotics, weighed heavily against him in determining the final punishment.
Two accomplices of Savage, already sentenced by the court, and the man’s possession of the drugs clearly implicated him in the crime.
Custom’s officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport arrested Savage on October 19, 2011 after he disembarked a flight from Singapore bringing a suitcase containing the illicit drugs.
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