Drug-bust police searched man

Last updated 21:44 05/06/2014
Leeza Tracey Ormsby

IN JAIL: Leeza Tracey Ormsby.

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Bali police have confirmed they searched a  man at the scene of a drug bust that snared New Zealander woman Leeza Ormsby, but decided he wasn’t a suspect and let him go.

Ormsby, 37, is on trial for drugs possession charges carrying a  jail term of up to 12 years.

She will not fight the charges of possessing a marijuana joint,  but has maintained since the February sting that MDMA and hashish  found in a Canggu villa were not hers.

On Thursday, the police who arrested the Sydney resident gave  evidence at her trial.

They described how they staked out the villa from 11pm the night  before, after being told the occupants, suspected of holding a  ‘‘drugs party’’ were not there.

Police officer Cok Putra Sutrisna told the court Ormsby, who was  staying at another villa, arrived in the early morning by  motorbike, looking dishevelled.

‘‘Her physical appearance looked messy with her hair uncombed,’’  he said. ‘‘She looked like a drunk person.’’

Police officer Made Sudiarsa said they approached Ormsby as she  was opening the villa door with a key.

When they found the joint in her handbag, the former Paddington  shop assistant admitted it was for her own use, the court heard.

But when drugs were found in a cupboard drawer — ‘‘a black chunk  of something, a big capsule and four small capsules’’ — Ormsby said  they weren’t hers.

Brig Sudiarsa confirmed reports a man named Marco, believed to  be Ormsby’s Australian ex-lover, then turned up.

‘‘We then searched him and we found nothing, that’s why he was  released,’’ he told the court.

After the raid, police promised to pursue the other people who  had been at the villa, who had all since left the holiday island.

Instead, Ormsby’s lawyer Ari Soenardi says they kept his client  in custody for three months without charges, trying to link her to  the other drugs.

Ormsby was relaxed in court on Thursday, wearing a loose-fitting  white shirt and carrying a fan that said: ‘‘Paradise’’.

Through a translator, she told the court she didn’t disagree  with the police evidence.

Soenardi says he will ask the court to treat Ormsby as a drug  user and consider leniency when sentencing her.

The trial continues next week.


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