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7 November, 2011

from victim of police sting to admitted drug user, and $300,000 richer!?

Lewis Mason

If you have been following news in Australia, the news of a 14-year-old Newcastle school boy (believed to be Lewis Mason) being arrested in Bali shouldn't have escaped for the last month. On 4th October, that boy was caught with drugs in Bali, days after, all media were reporting he was caught in police sting, and suggested that the boy had bought the drug to get rid of the drug dealer not knowing it was a police sting. One way or the other, the boy did buy drug in a country notorious for its harsh drug penalties.

Lewis_MasonOver the weekend, we started to hear some different side of the story. We then learned that the 14-year-old boy was indeed a drug user, even NSW Police knew that. And it was also said that the boy plead with tears in front of the judge, and made a promise to the judge that if the judge let him go home, he would never touch drug again.

Then, it is reported that Channel 9 has signed an exclusive story deal with Bali Boy's parents with an amount between $200,000 and $300,000. According to this morning's Sunrise, the deal is off thanks to the public backlash.

This Bali Boy will be sentenced later this week.

News sources:
Boy, 14, picked up in sting in Bali drug arrest: witness (7 Oct 2011)
No concerns for Bali boy's welfare: Rudd (7 Oct 2011)
BALI TEEN PLEADS: Let me go home, I'll never touch drugs again (5 Nov 2011)
Fury over Bali teen's $200,000 tell-all TV deal (6 Nov 2011)

Posted by Antony on 7 November 2011 8:17 AM | newstalk

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