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Australian Could Face 7 Years in Prison if Convicted of Purse Snatching in Bali

Australian Matthew Richard Woods remains under detention at Kerobokan Prison in Bali awaiting trial in a purse snatching that occurred on June 19, 2019.  His case has been sent to State Prosecutors for presentation to the Denpasar Courts.

According to the State News Agency Antara, Prosecutors now have 20 days to bring the case to trial.

Woods stands accused of attempting to snatch the belongings of a tourist Soraya Dergham. At the time of the theft, he was reportedly collaborating in the theft with a man named Dean who continues to be sought by police. The two men, were reportedly driving a motorcycle as they passed Soraya Dergham and tried to pull her handbag off her arms.

Witnesses to the robbery attempt heard the woman's scream and pursued the thieves who were eventually brought to ground by security guards and their pursuers. The woman’s purse was found near where the men were knocked down by angry locals who reportedly beat the men, while Dean made good his escape. Police passing the scene managed to stop the beating and place Woods under arrest.

Wood will be charged under Section 363 Paragraph 1-4 of the Criminal Code for theft that carries a maximum prison sentence of 7 years.

Wood is adamant in claiming he did not commit the crime.

The total loss suffered by the victim is put at Rp. 10,903,000, plus a hand phone and Rp. 244,000 in cash.

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