Accused child abductor ‘must serve time’
PROSECUTORS have demanded that an Australian man accused of child abduction in Bali be jailed for eight years.
Gianyar District Court heard that Alistair Larmour, a self-described life coach and spiritual healer, must be held responsible for his actions in allegedly abducting his then 15-month-old son Andrew from his estranged partner.
Prosecutor Wisnu Ngudi Wibowo, handing down the sentence demand, said the former Melbourne man had given convoluted versions during his trial and interfered with the trial process.
Mr Wibowo said Larmour, 40, was guilty of contravening Indonesia's child protection laws in deliberately taking his son from his former partner during a midnight home invasion.
"We demand the panel of judges to find the defendant guilty of placing, letting, doing, instructing or taking part in child abduction … and sentence the defendant to eight years imprisonment and a fine of 60 Million Rupiah ($A5500)," Mr Wibowo told the court.
"During the trial there was not found any reason to free the defendant from punishment. The defendant must be held responsible for his act. The defendant has been convoluted during the trial process that has interfered with the trial process."
He said in mitigation Larmour had no criminal record.
Larmour did not comment on the hefty sentence demand. The maximum sentence for child abduction in Indonesia is 15 years.
He is accused of going with another man to the Bali home of his estranged partner, Agnieszka Krzysztofowicz, around midnight on April 15 this year and pushing and assaulting her before taking the couple's son.
He took the little boy to his home and kept him there for four days while the couple's drama was played out on social media.
The child's mother made tearful online pleas for her son to be returned and Larmour then made his own video to show that the baby was OK.
His trial has been marked by drama and the estranged couple trading barbs inside and outside the courtroom.
During one day of his trial Larmour made the dramatic courtroom claim that his former partner had paid jail gangs to have him killed and that the gangs then offered him a chance to pay protection money in return for his life.
Ms Krzysztofowicz denied the claims, saying Larmour was desperate.
Another day the judges warned Larmour he faced a hefty sentence if he was not telling the truth and obfuscating in the court.
Larmour returns to court next week when his lawyers will deliver a defence response to the eight-year demand.
Judges are not bound by the demand, which is a prosecution recommendation, and can hand down higher or lower sentences.