Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones is facing up to five years in jail after he allegedly assaulted a fisherman who required 50 stitches to his injuries. Follow us to know more about the case. A 23-year-old Australian faces up to five years in jail if he is convicted in the alleged incident on Thursday in Simeulue, within the conservative province of Aceh, off the coast of Sumatra. A shocking statement was released by Bodhi Mani Risby-Jonas, who claimed he was not himself and felt almost possessed during an alleged drunken nude rampage that resulted in his arrest on an Indonesian island.
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Risby-Jonas allegedly left the Moon Beach Resort naked and proceeded to chase and beat people on the town’s main road, according to the Aceh-based Bithe media outlet. Shortly before 1 a.m., the Noosa man abused a fisherman from the village of Lantik, who suffered serious injuries requiring more than 50 tiches to the heel and fractures, Indonesian police told the publication in a written statement. Superintendent Jamitko also alleged that Risby-Jonas struck a security guard before leaving his resort. Jamitko said Risby went on a rampage and caused a scene by punching a security guard and then stormed out of the complex and ran off on a motorcycle.
Jamitko added that the fisherman’s injuries resulted from Risby-Jonas hitting him as he was passing by on his motorcycle and brazenly throwing the motorcycle at him after it fell into the ditch. The police chief said that, angered by the alleged behavior of the tourist, locals tried to burn down the complex. Due to the incident, the local people were enraged and set the resort on fire, but luckily the police officers managed to calm everyone down.
Later, during custody, Risby-Jonas made a major statement, he said, “I feel like I’m not myself, like I’m almost possessed,” it wasn’t a good feeling and it wasn’t me, but I’m a nice guy. . . The family also issued a statement on his behalf on Saturday stating that he is fully aware of his behavior and is extremely disturbed by his actions. Furthermore, he is fully responsible for his behavior. He is full of remorse and apology and acknowledges the pain he has caused the victim. He is embarrassed and ashamed of his behavior.
Risby-Jonas said she only had a small drink of vodka before the incident, but had suffered heat stroke from surfing the previous day and maintained that she was wearing underwear during the incident. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Australian embassy in Jakarta is providing consular assistance to an Australian man detained in Indonesia. Risby-Jonas will reportedly remain in custody for 20 days while the investigation takes place.
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