Anthony de Marmanche and his son Sean de Marmanche after serving their sentence.Photo/AP
A New Zealand man is begging for help for his father, who is starving to death in a Bali prison after being involved in a drug scam while trying to find love.
Antony de Malmanche may never set foot in his home country again after he was arrested in December 2014 for allegedly smuggling 1.7kg of methamphetamine in a backpack at Indonesia’s Denpasar International Airport up.
DeMarmanche also recently revealed that he had been abused as a child patient at the notorious Lake Alice Hospital, making him a vulnerable target for cartel scams.
He maintained his not guilty plea, claiming he was set up by what he believed to be a sophisticated criminal organization with cyber lovers.
The 61-year-old Whanganui man is serving his ninth year of 15 years at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, where his health has been deteriorating since he was held there.
His son Shaun de Malmanche sent a copy give small page Raising money for his father, who he says “has committed nothing but gullibility”.
“The cost of paying for everything that happens there is getting higher and higher.
“He lost a lot of teeth and needed dentures. He had hospital bills due to injuries he sustained there and health issues.
“We already had to pay for accommodation and food there and on top of that it was very difficult,” the son wrote on the page.
De Malmanche suffers from angina and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a group of incurable lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult.
“This guy lives in a very small, cheap rental house in Castlecliff, Whanganui, spends all day fishing or diving with friends, giving away excess fish to friends or people who need it more than him,” said his son. Write it online.
The nightmare began when De Malmanche started talking online to a woman named “Jessie Smith,” who claimed to be a wealthy South African businesswoman and cocoa company owner.
She offered Demar Manche money for plane tickets, clothes and a passport in exchange for meeting her in Hong Kong.
Colleagues of “Jessie” told de Malmanche that his online girlfriend was not in Hong Kong and he had to fly to Bali to meet her.
They bought a new suitcase for his flight to Bali, and after de Malmanche did a quick check for anything suspicious, he continued on his trip.
When de Malmanche arrived in Bali, customs officers found almost 2 kilograms of methamphetamine in his bag.
The Bali prison was an environment in which de Malmanche was traumatized again, he told women’s day He often thinks back to being taken to Alice Lake Hospital as a child.
“I can still smell the paraldehyde.
“I had a head nurse who gave me an injection once — a nasty little man whose eyes seemed red from pure evil,” de Malmanche said.
The systemic abuse of children at Alice Lake Hospital in the 1970s included the use of electric shocks and painful injections of paraldehyde as punishments.
As de Malmanche struggles daily in the inhumane conditions of the prison, his family wonders if they will ever see them again.
“Dad was terrified of dying there, never to see his grandson, his children or his country again,” his son said.
His current release date is set for December 28, 2028.