Prosecutors request 15-month cannabis term

MICHAEL BACHELARD AND AMILIA ROSA
Last updated 20:06 25/06/2014

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Prosecutors in Bali have asked that NZ citizen Leeza Ormsby be sentenced to one year and three months in jail for using cannabis.

The charge for the 37-year-old Sydney-based woman only relates to personal use of half a joint found in her handbag, which she has admitted smoking the day before her arrest.

Ormsby, who was relaxed in court, smiling with her lawyer and translator, has not been charged over the large stash of other drugs, including ecstasy, found in a drawer in the villa she was entering.

Ormsby pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and prosecutor Oka Ariani Adikarini said Ormsby was “convincingly guilty of illegally using narcotics, Category one, for personal use”.

Ormsby’s lawyer, Ary Soenardi, said the sentence request was “fair”. However, but he hoped the judges might lighten it when they hand down their judgment next week.

“We hope that the judges will sentence her for her wrongdoing and not over assumptions [relating to the other drugs]. We hope the judges will give less,” he said.

Ormsby has been in jail since February so even if she received the full sentence, she would be free to return home in less than a year.

Ary said the defence was “unsure where the police investigation was at with the drugs found inside the villa, but we are sure Leeza is not guilty”.

At a previous hearing, Ormsby apologised to the court, said she was an addict (a mitigating factor in the Indonesian judicial system), and said she had learned “a valuable lesson” about herself and the world.

She admitted to using other drugs besides cannabis at various times.

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