Trafficking: SA man gets life in Bali jail

2012-05-31 10:06
Johannesburg - A South African man has been sentenced to life in a Bali prison this week after being arrested with R3.5m worth of tik last year, a report said on Thursday.

Brett Savage, 44, will spend the rest of his life in jail  but was lucky to escape the death penalty, the Cape Argus reported.
 
His mother, Myra Savage from Johannesburg, said on Wednesday night the family was still taking in the news, as they had been told to expect a lesser sentence.

Savage was arrested in October last year after he was found carrying just under 3kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik). Customs officials had reportedly noticed an unusual item in his luggage during a routine X-ray and found the drugs in a suitcase.

Just over a week ago, another South African, Sheilla Motsweneng, was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for trafficking 2.5kg of tik.

Savage’s mother’s says her family cannot afford to appeal his sentence and have received very little help from the South African government.

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