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Campaign launched to shut down methanol bar

The grieving parents of Liam Davies have hired an Indonesian lawyer in a bid to close down the bar which allegedly poisoned their son.

“We want to see the bar closed down,” Lhani Davies said yesterday. “That’s what we want. For Liam’s sake.”

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Rudy's Bar on the holiday island of Gili Trawangan. Picture: Steve Pennells/The West Australian
Rudy’s Bar on the holiday island of Gili Trawangan. Picture: Steve Pennells/The West Australian

Their move comes a month after the 19-year-old Perth roof tiler died when drinks laced with methanol were served to him during New Year’s Eve celebrations on the holiday island of Gili Trawangan.

It also follows an investigation by The West Australian that showed the bar believed responsible – Rudy’s Pub – was still operating after their son’s death and serving poisonous drinks to oblivious tourists.

Last week, amid no sign of a police investigation, Mrs Davies and her husband Tim flew to Indonesia to push for a probe into their son’s death. With Rosalind Jay, an 18-year-old Canadian backpacker who was poisoned on the same night as their son but survived, they went with police to Rudy’s Pub, handed over their son’s medical records to police and gave official statements in the hope of kick-starting a belated manslaughter investigation.

Lombok police took a drink sample from the bar and expect the result this week. They said tests positive for methanol would result in criminal charges against those responsible.

Lhani Davies comforts husband Tim at Lombok police headquarters. Picture: Steve Pennells/The West Australian
Lhani Davies comforts husband Tim at Lombok police headquarters. Picture: Steve Pennells/The West Australian

But Mr and Mrs Davies, who returned to Perth at the weekend, also hired a lawyer as their representative on the ground to ensure the investigation does not stall.

“We wanted to have somebody who understands the system and how the system works and who we know is talking straight with us,” Mrs Davies said.

“We want someone who is not giving us lip service.”

In the four weeks since Mr Davies died, Australian and Indonesian authorities have contradicted each other over whether an investigation was taking place and whether critical information had been passed between them.

Liam Davies took every precaution against Bali's dangers, but within days of drinking a single vodka soda, his parents had to make the agonising decision to turn off his life support.
Liam Davies took every precaution against Bali’s dangers, but within days of drinking a single vodka soda, his parents had to make the agonising decision to turn off his life support.

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Source: The West Australian | Author: Steve Pennells

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