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Australian man Shane Demos jailed for drugs in Bali
Article from: AAP - From correspondents in Nusa Dua. Bali - December 2008

AN Australian man convicted of drug use in Bali has been jailed for eight months.

Sydney man Shane Christos Demos, 37, was today found "officially and convincingly guilty" of using hashish and heroin.

Following a trial in Denpasar District Court, Chief Judge Nyoman Sutama imposed a sentence of eight months.

Demos had acted against the Indonesian Government's efforts to fight drug abuse in the country, Judge Sutama said.

Prosecutors had sought a years' imprisonment.

Demos was arrested in September outside a shop in Bali's Double Six nightclub area.

A police search found 5.9g of dried hashish and 0.3g of heroin hidden in a cigarette box in his pants.

The Australian told authorities he had paid for the hashish but had been given the heroin at a nearby restaurant.

Judge Sutama noted that Demos did not have a criminal record and had expressed remorse.

"The defendant admitted to and regretted his actions. The defendant promised never to repeat his actions again," he said.

He said Demos admitted using drugs to self-medicate following a car accident.

Defence lawyer Daniar Tri Sasongko said Demos accepted the verdict and sought medical treatment while in prison.

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