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Australian man appears in Indonesian court on drug charges

An Australian man appeared in an Indonesian court after allegedly being caught with drugs late last year. 

Joshua James Baker, 32, was arrested at Bali airport in October after police allegedly found marijuana and anti-depressants in his possession.

With the most serious charge holding a 15-year jail sentence, Baker was reportedly unwell during the first day of his trial.

Joshua James Baker (right) appeared in an Indonesian court after allegedly caught with drugs

The Australian (pictured) was arrested at Bali airport in October 2017 after police allegedly found marijuana and anti-depressants in his possession

The Australian (pictured) was arrested at Bali airport in October 2017 after police allegedly found marijuana and anti-depressants in his possession

With the most serious charge holding a 15-year jail sentence, Baker (pictured) was reportedly unwell during the first day of his trial on Tuesday

With the most serious charge holding a 15-year jail sentence, Baker (pictured) was reportedly unwell during the first day of his trial on Tuesday

 The 32-year-old told judges he was bed bound for the last three days and had a spinning head

 The 32-year-old told judges he was bed bound for the last three days and had a spinning head

The 32-year-old told judges he was bed bound for the last three days and had a spinning head, forcing his lawyer, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti, to apply for Baker to be moved from Kerobokan prison to a mental-illness hospital, according to Courier Mail.   

Ms Arsanti reportedly told the court Baker’s condition was ‘getting worse’ because his medication has increased from 25mg a day to 300mg a day. 

The Mt Isa man said while the medication helped his head it also made him fatigued and ‘forget stuff’.

Photos show the 32-year-old arriving to court off a bus from Kerobokan prison dressed in a white shirt, grey trousers and a bright orange head piece covering his face. 

Baker was apprehended by police at Nghurah Rai airport on October 8 with allegedly 28 grams of marijuana mixed with tobacco and 17 pills of Diazepam anti-depressant pills. 

Ten Diazepam pills were found in a cigarette box while seven other pills were found in Baker’s shoes, according to the publication.  

Baker's lawyer, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti, applied for the 32-year-old to be moved from Kerobokan prison to a mental-illness hospital

Baker’s lawyer, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti, applied for the 32-year-old to be moved from Kerobokan prison to a mental-illness hospital

The Australian (right) fronted court wearing a white shirt, grey slacks and orange head piece

The Australian (right) fronted court wearing a white shirt, grey slacks and orange head piece

Ms Arsanti reportedly told the court Baker's condition was 'getting worse' because his medication has increased from 25mg a day to 300mg a day

Ms Arsanti reportedly told the court Baker’s condition was ‘getting worse’ because his medication has increased from 25mg a day to 300mg a day

The Australian previously evaded Balinese police for 10 hours by allegedly escaping through a toilet window while they watched television before he caught a taxi to a fake home address to throw off authorities. 

Police quickly tracked Baker down and the Queenslander has been behind bars at Bali’s notorious prison since the arrest.   

Baker is expected to face court again next week. 



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