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Jakarta Post

Australian sentenced to four months in prison for stealing Gucci bag

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, March 26, 2019   /   10:34 am
Australian sentenced to four months in prison for stealing Gucci bag Illustrative photo of a man shoplifting at a department store (Shutterstock/File)

The Denpasar District Court has sentenced an Australian national to four months in prison for stealing a Gucci bag in the tourism hub of Kuta, Bali.

The panel of judges found Bilal Kalache, 43, guilty of stealing the bag from a showcase at the Duty Free shop in the Bali Galeria mall.

"During the trial session, the judges did not find anything to relieve him from the charges," said presiding judge Kony Hartanto.

He said the defendant had violated Article 362 of the Criminal Code on theft.

The sentence was lighter than five months of imprisonment demanded by prosecutors.

The judges said the defendant's act had caused restlessness.

However, they also considered some mitigating factors, such as the defendant’s honesty in admitting to his crime and his expression of remorse. They also noted that "the defendant also has no criminal record". 

Kalache was arrested at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Jan. 10, several hours after stealing the bag. He was arrested while taking his son to the airport for a Sydney-bound flight.