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Australian tourist breaks down in tears as smiling Bali cops parade him in front of local media

Terrified Australian tourist, 24, breaks down in tears as smiling Bali cops parade him in front of media after he’s accused of snatching a woman’s bag – and he could face SEVEN YEARS in jail

  • An Australian carpenter could face up to seven years in an Indonesian prison 
  • Matthew Woods, 24, allegedly snatched a bag from a Canadian tourist in Bali 
  • He cried and hung his head in shame as laughing police paraded him to media

A terrified Australian tourist accused of stealing a bag has broken down in tears as smiling Bali cops paraded him in front of the media. 

Matthew Richard Woods, 24, could face seven years in an Indonesian prison if convicted of snatching a Canadian woman’s bag in Bali’s Canggu on June 19. 

The carpenter allegedly stole a bag from Soraya Deghan, 20, before making a getaway with a partner on a motorcycle on Fisherman Ring Road at 10pm.

A handcuffed Woods cried and hung his head when he was displayed in front of local media by police in Kuta on Friday. 

‘Look at me, look at me,’ a cameraman said in a video of the press conference. 

Police laughed as the accused bag snatcher tried to avoid the camera by curling up behind the table. 

Matthew Richard Woods (pictured right), 24, could face seven years in an Indonesian prison if convicted of snatching a Canadian woman’s bag in Bali’s Canggu on June 19

‘The perpetrators were shouted at by residents. Incidentally there was a police officer carrying out a patrol there, so he escaped the tantrums of the time,’ Police Chief I Dewa Putu Gede Anom told the Bali Express.  

Woods was taken into custody by police after local residents made a citizens arrest and handed him over. 

A yellow bag with a gold Iphone X and Rp. 244,000 (AUD $25) were seized as evidence.  

The 24-year-old had been on holiday in Bali for the last month before he was arrested.

Woods, if found guilty, now faces a maximum punishment of seven years in prison under Indonesia’s Article 363 pertaining to theft committed by two or more people. 

His motorcycle partner is reportedly still on the run.    

Police laughed at the accused bag snatcher (pictured) who tried to avoid the camera by curling up behind the table

Police laughed at the accused bag snatcher (pictured) who tried to avoid the camera by curling up behind the table

The carpenter allegedly stole a bag from Soraya Deghan, 20, before allegedly making a getaway with a partner on a motorcycle on Fisherman Ring Road in Canggu (pictured)

The carpenter allegedly stole a bag from Soraya Deghan, 20, before allegedly making a getaway with a partner on a motorcycle on Fisherman Ring Road in Canggu (pictured) 

 

 

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