Last night 18-year-old Jamie Murphy from Perth was entering a night club in Kuta, Bali with his friends. He was pulled aside by security. He was searched. A small plastic baggie of white powder was found in his bum bag.
In video footage we can see him say, “What are you doing, that’s not mine?” A hand clasps his jaw. The guard is trying to get him to face the camera. They shine a light on his face.
"It's not miiineee." Voice bordering on hysteria. "I don't do that shit." His eyes are screaming as they restrain him then push him into a police van.
Later, he is seen with his head in his hands at the police station. "My god," you can hear Murphy say, under the harsh florescent lighting.
He is a young man (a boy, almost) and he is terrified.
He should be. The penalty for being found guilty of drug possession in Bali is a maximum of 12 years in prison. An $800,0000 fine.
Under Indonesian law, Murphy can be held for three days while an investigation takes place, and another three days before an arrest needs to be made. His blood and urine have been taken for analysis, along with the powder.
Perth Now has reported that these drug tests, on the powder and the blood and urine, have been completed. The results, according to Perth Now, have come back negative.
Murphy's friends have claimed from the beginning the baggie was planted by police.