Bali drug suspect 'innocent'

A Rotorua woman has been found innocent of drug charges in Bali. Photo/Thinkstock
A Rotorua woman has been found innocent of drug charges in Bali. Photo/Thinkstock

A Sydney musician who stayed at the same Bali villa as Kiwi woman Leeza Ormsby, now facing up to 20 years in jail for drugs charges, says she is innocent. According to the Sunday Telegraph, musician Azaria Byrne and his partner had been booked for three nights at the luxury villa in the Denpasar suburb of Dalung.

Because they only planned to stay for two nights, Mr Byrne let one of his friends use it for their final night of accommodation.

He and his partner handed over the keys before they left for the Ngurah Rai Airport that evening. The next day, Bali police raided the villa and allegedly found methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana. At the time, the villa was registered under Mr Byrne's name.

Ormsby has been charged in relation to the drug raid. She is originally from Rotorua and is understood to have been living in Sydney.

"I think she's innocent," Mr Byrne said.

"This came as an absolute surprise and shock to me. I'm never going to Bali again."

Mr Byrne said he had only met Ormsby at a dinner on his final night in Bali.

"As far I know, no one I spent time with on the trip had drugs or would be involved in something like this," he told the Telegraph. APNZ

- Rotorua Daily Post

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