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Australians found guilty and sentenced over Bali cocaine possession

Van Iersel did not react when the judge announced his sentence. Cabantog kept his head down throughout the trial. He appeared nervous at times but kept calm when his sentence was read out.

Neither man spoke while being escorted from the courtroom to a holding cell following the trial.

After the hearing, Van Iersel’s lawyer Danny Sedana said: “David accepted the sentence, he admits his guilt, he felt remorse and apologises again for what he did.”

The pair faced maximum sentences of four years in prison, but the court was told in December they would be treated with leniency for being polite, admitting their actions and expressing regret. During that hearing, both men were emotional and wept at various times.

David Van Iersel's lawyer said his client accepted his nine-month sentence.

David Van Iersel’s lawyer said his client accepted his nine-month sentence.Credit:Amilia Rosa

In July The Age reported that Van Iersel and Cabantog had received death threats from inmates as they were transferred between cells at Denpasar police station.

Video footage taken by The Age shows the pair being searched by guards as other inmates screamed, “I kill you, I kill you”. Other insults and threats were made in Indonesian.

Cabantog is a former ambassador for Crown casino venue Club 23 and worked as a promoter and bar manager for some of the city’s biggest clubs, including Eve and Boutique.

He relocated to Bali in September last year, where he promoted several upmarket nightclubs to international tourists, particularly Australians.

Van Iersel moved to Bali in 2018 after co-owning a Fitzroy bar and working as a manager at St Kilda venue Captain Baxter.

Indonesia is renowned for its zero-tolerance policy towards illicit drugs, which resulted in the execution of Bali Nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in 2015.

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