An Australian man has spent two and a half months behind bars in Bali for allegedly stealing a pair of $425 Gucci sunglasses at Bali airport, claiming he did it unconsciously because he was a nervous flyer, The Courier Mail reported.
Thomas William Harman, a 31-year-old from Perth, is now on trial in Denpasar District Court on stealing charges which carry a maximum five years in jail.
Harman was at Bali’s international airport, about to fly home after a five-day holiday with a friend, when the Gucci sunglass incident occurred, landing him behind bars in Kerobokan jail.
The court has heard that Harman was at a duty free shop inside the international departure terminal in Bali on July 30 this year.
The Prosecution alleges that Harman tried on a pair of Gucci glasses, valued at 4.5 million Rupiah or $425 and then left the shop with them without paying.
Prosecutor Made Ayu Citra Maya Sari told the court it was alleged that Harman then took off his black t-shirt and changed into a black singlet and slipped the glasses into his backpack.
He is being tried under the Indonesian Criminal Code.
Harman does not deny taking the glasses but says it was an unconscious reaction to being nervous about flying and his upcoming flight home.
His lawyer, Erwin Siregar, told the court that Harman had no intention to steal the glasses.
“He said that every time he flies he feels nervous. That’s why he took the glasses unconsciously,” Mr Siregar said.
“After the incident, he apologised and said that he felt remorse as he did it unconsciously. He also tried to pay for the glasses. However the shop manager refused as the manager said that company regulations must be followed and they should proceed with the legal process,” he said.
The shop manager has testified that Harman offered an apology but they are following company policy.
So far the shop’s manager, the sales manager and three security staff have given evidence.
Mr Siregar said the case was simple and should not have been in court but the company was enforcing its regulations.
He said for this reason they had chosen not to fight the charges or to make a defence opening statement, known as an excepsi.
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Source: couriermail.com.au / Cindy Wockner and Komang Erviani