JAKARTA - A 45-year-old Brisbane man working in Indonesia has pleaded guilty to possession of the drug shabu shabu, a form of crystal methampetamine. John Michael Kelly from Warwick in Queensland has appeared in court in Sangata in East Kalimantan province.
Prosecutors have demanded that Kelly serve 18 months in prison.
His defence lawyers told the court that their client admitted to the charges but asked for leniency, saying he was remorseful and had a family to support. The court is expected to hand down the sentence on Thursday. A 25-year-old Australian teaching at Medan has also appeared in court in North Sumatra on charges including possession of shabu shabu.
The court heard evidence that Graham Clifford Payne from South Australia admitted to using the drug, but was not a dealer. Earlier the court was told that traces of heroin were found on five syringes in his possession. He faces charges that could result in sentences of five and 10 years in prison. The case has been adjourned until Thursday.