Paedophile Philip Robert Grandfield released from Bali jail and sent back to Australia

  • October 18, 20147:42PM

AUSTRALIAN paedophile Philip Robert Grandfield has been released from an Indonesian jail six years into his eight-year sentence and immediately deported.

Jailed in 2009 after being convicted of having sexual contact with five boys, aged 16 and 17, over a six-month period in 2008, Grandfield was freed from a Bali jail on Friday and immediately deported.

Grandfield claimed to have converted to Islam in a last-ditch effort to avoid a long jail term and recently complained of being denied the same treatment as Schapelle Corby.

He had sought to get a letter of guarantee from the Australian Government in order to be freed on parole but the request was denied.

During his sentence he received twice-yearly sentence remissions, as all Indonesian prisoners do, worth 24 months and 30 days, making him eligible for release in July this year. However he was unable to pay the 60 million Rupiah or $A5700 fine and served an extra three months.

He was released from Singaraja prison in Bali’s north at 10am on Friday and taken straight into Immigration custody to be sent home to Australia.

At the jail gates, Grandfield told News Corp Australia that he was “very happy” to be free but had no immediate plans.

Asked what he intends to do he said: “I don’t know. I have no money.”

“I am just very happy to be out of here.”

And Grandfield reiterated his claims that he had been the victim of a set-up, saying an “enemy” had sent the children to his home and that he believed the victims when they told him they were 18 and 19.

He said the set up was aimed at his enemies taking over his assets in Bali, where he has lived for a decade in Bulelang.

“I was trapped by someone. I could not tell you who is it,” he said.

At the time of his sentence he expressed relief at being jailed for eight years, saying he feared the death penalty.

Grandfield was issued with an emergency Australian passport for his journey back to Australia and has been black-listed and banned from entering Indonesia for at least six months.

He was booked on a Jetstar flight from Denpasar to Melbourne.



Grandfield expressed anger that the Australian consulate general in Bali has refused to give him a letter of guarantee, which foreign prisoners must obtain in order to be given parole.



Australian paedophile jailed eight years in Bali

Article from: Daily Telegraph

By Marian Carroll in Singaraja, Bali

February 27, 2009 12:00am

AN Australian who had sex with teenage boys in Bali says he’s happy with his eight-year jail term because he’d feared the death penalty.

Philip Robert Grandfield, 62, had sexual contact with five boys, aged 16 and 17, over a six-month period last year, while he was living in Buleleng, north Bali.

He was convicted in an Indonesian court today under the country’s child protection laws.

A smiling Grandfield later told journalists his jail term had come as a relief.

“I am very happy,” he said in mixed English and Indonesian.

“I was expecting that this is Indonesia, I thought I might be executed to death, because of the Indonesian press (coverage of the case).”

Despite this, Grandfield told the Singaraja District Court he would appeal against his sentence.

During his trial, the retired accountant said the boys had voluntarily engaged in sexual contact with him.

He claimed he had relationships with the boys and did not realise they were underage.

But the court’s chief judge Srida Aryani dismissed the claims.

She said Grandfield had been “proven officially and convincingly guilty of committing a crime to deliberately persuade children to participate in lewd conduct, and to engage in nudity with other people of the same sex who are not adults”.

Describing Grandfield’s actions as immoral, she said the Australian had destroyed his victims’ future and created unease in the community.

In sentencing him to eight years jail, and a fine of 60 million rupiah (A$7750) or an additional three months behind bars, she took into account Grandfield’s age, confession, expression of regret and promise not to reoffend.

Appearing healthy and in good spirits, Grandfield seemed to have recovered from a hunger strike that forced the cancellation of the verdict hearing earlier this week.

His lawyer said the Australian had been on a week-long hunger strike at Singaraja Prison, where he has been held since his arrest last August.

Prosecutors, who wanted Grandfield jailed for 12 years, said they would consider an appeal.

Grandfield had been living in a villa in Buleleng, Singaraja, a remote and poor part of Bali, some three-and-a-half hours by road from the capital Denpasar.

He is one of several Australians arrested in Indonesia in recent years for pedophilia.

Child protection agencies report that a growing number of pedophiles from Australia, Europe and the US are travelling to Bali to abuse children.

They gain the trust of impoverished families with gifts of money, food and toys, and sponsorship of education.



Accused Australian on Bali hunger strike

Adam Gartrell

February 23, 2009 – 8:14PM

An Australian man accused of sexually harassing teenage boys in Bali has begun a hunger strike in prison, his lawyer says.

Philip Robert Grandfield, 62, was arrested last August at his villa in Buleleng, in the island’s north.

It is alleged the retired accountant had sexual contact with five boys aged 16 and 17 between March 2008 and the time of his arrest.

Court documents show Grandfield admits to having relationships with the boys, but that he thought they were of legal age. He insists the sexual contact was voluntary.

Grandfield’s lawyer, Ketut Swartana, said the court had been expected to hand down its judgment on Monday but it was delayed because his client was ill.

“He has been hunger striking since last Thursday, and he cannot even stand up,” Swartana told AAP.

Swartana said Grandfield was depressed because the charges against him were “too severe”.

“There is some proof of sexual relationships, but this is not a paedophilia case,” he said.

“He did not know the age limit for Indonesia.

“Besides, there was no violence or force used against the boys.”

Grandfield is being held in Bali’s Singaraja Prison.

Prosecutors want him to be jailed for 12 years.

The court is now expected to deliver its verdict on Thursday.


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