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AustraliaQueensland man Brendon Johnsson jailed in Bali for drug possession, stepdad calls it 'silver lining'

02:25  28 february  2019
02:25  28 february  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Brendon Luke Johnsson, 43, was arrested last August when police acting on a tip-off raided the room he rented at Kuta Beach with his Indonesian girlfriend, Remi Purwanto.

Queensland man Brendon Johnsson jailed in Bali for drug possession, stepdad calls it 'silver lining'
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Outside the court in Denpasar, Johnsson's stepfather Ashley Robinson welcomed the sentence and urged other people not to do such "stupid things".

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Queensland man Brendon Johnsson jailed in Bali for drug possession , stepdad calls it ' silver lining '. Former Sunshine Coast man Brendon Johnsson is jailed for five years in Bali for possessing 12 grams of cocaine in an outcome his stepfather welcomes, saying Johnson has to "pay

Queensland man Brendon Johnsson jailed in Bali for drug possession , stepdad calls it ' silver lining '. Former Sunshine Coast man Brendon Johnsson is jailed for five years in Bali for possessing 12 grams of cocaine in an outcome his stepfather welcomes, saying Johnson has to "pay

Police found 12 grams of cocaine in plastic bags in Johnsson's room, worth about $3,000.

Prosecutors alleged Johnsson had been selling and using drugs in Bali for the past five years.

They had sought an eight-year sentence, but the judges in Bali sentenced both Johnsson and Purwanti to five years and four months.

They were both also ordered to pay a fine of 800 million rupiah, or about $80,000.

Mr Robinson, who was in court to hear the sentence handed down, said the case had been a "massive learning curve" for their family.

"He's got to pay the price for what he's done. He's just got to put his head down now and do his time and be a good prisoner and be productive in there," he said.

"I hope that people watching in Australia know that you cannot, do not do stupid things like Brendon did here because there are consequences and he's got to pay the price.

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Queensland man Brendon Johnsson jailed in Bali for drug possession , stepdad calls it ' silver lining '. Former Sunshine Coast man Brendon Johnsson is jailed for five years in Bali for possessing 12 grams of cocaine in an outcome his stepfather welcomes, saying Johnson has to "pay

Brendon Luke Johnsson 's family says the sentence is a silver lining and gives their son a chance to turn his life around.

"I would not like to see another family put through what we've been put through."

'We always knew we'd get a call'

Mr Robinson, who received an Order of Australia medal for his charitable work on the Sunshine Coast, said his step-son had been addicted to drugs since he was 16 years old.

"We always knew we were going to get a phone call and we did. It could've been hospital, it could've been like this one and arrested or it could've been worse," he said.

"So the way I see it, and his mother, is that there is a silver lining. This gives him an opportunity to do his time and come back to Australia and be a better person and be productive and have a good rest of his life.

Mr Robinson also thanked the Indonesian Government for their assistance and looking after his step-son.

"He hasn't touched drugs since August 4, so this is the first time he's been clean since he was 16.

"He's shown in prison at the moment that he can change.

"He's in prison, but he is a different person. He's thinking clearly … he's going to the meetings, he's doing everything right and we're really proud of him as a family."

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