Kiwi facing only possession charges in Bali

MICHAEL BACHELARD AND AMILIA ROSA
Last updated 20:01 26/05/2014
Leeza Ormsby,
AMILIA ROSA/Fairfax Media

INDICTED: Prosecutor Oka Ariani Adikarini places handcuffs on New Zealander Leeza Ormsby, who is charged with possessing, using and carrying hashish in Bali.

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New Zealander Leeza Ormsby was caught with drugs in Bali after local people from neighbouring villas tipped off police about a “drug party”.

The New Zealand born Sydneysider faces three charges of possessing, carrying and using a half joint of hashish that was found in her bag.

The possession charge carries up to a 15 year jail sentence, but she could also be let off with an order to attend rehabilitation as a drug victim.

She has not been charged over the large volume of MDMA and hashish found in the villa she was entering when arrested.

“If police find she is connected somehow to the rest of the evidence which was found at the villa, she will be tried in a separate case,” said prosecutor Oka Ariani Adikarini.

The indictment said police had been tipped off at about 4pm on February 11 by “members of the local community who refuse to identify themselves” about “foreigners having a drug party” in villa Anggrek.

Members of the drug unit arrived at the villa at 11pm but it was empty. They staked it out until Ormsby turned up on a motorcycle taxi at about 8am the next morning and sought to enter the villa using a key.

More than 132 grams of MDMA and 26 grams of hashish were found in a locked drawer inside the villa, which had been rented by Sydney rock band frontman Azaria Byrne. Byrne left Bali for Sydney the night before Ormsby was arrested.

Her ex-boyfriend, Sydney DJ Marco Mazzucco, aka Marcotix was also in Bali at the time and gave Ormsby the keys. He was questioned by Bali police after voluntarily going to the police station, but denied any involvement and was allowed to go. He left Bali soon afterwards.

Ormsby has said the half joint she was carrying had been given to her by a man called “Robert” on the beach the day before.

She admitted smoking the half joint with him, but insisted she did not know him.

“She has no way to contact him. He was just someone she met on the beach,” said Ormsby’s lawyer, Ary Soenardi.

“If she knew more about this Robert, she would have given the information to the police.”

Soenardi says his client won't fight the charges.

"We will try to show the medical examination test results, which state that the defendant is a narcotics user, and hope for leniency later," he told reporters outside court.

The trial will continue with witness examinations on June 5.

Ormsby will remain in custody in Kerobokan jail, where Australian Schapelle Corby served nine years for smuggling marijuana into Bali.

Corby was released on parole two days before Ormsby was arrested.

Ormsby remained quiet and calm at her court appearance on Monday, in contrast to her state when she was charged two weeks ago.

Then, she cried and called out to reporters: "I want to go home."

- Fairfax Australia with AAP

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