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NZ woman should be thankful: Bali court

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/03/2017 Lauren Farrow and Heru Rahadi

An Indonesian judge has told a New Zealand woman she should be "thankful" for being arrested for drugs in Bali, while urging her not to think badly of the country.

Myra William was caught by Denpasar Customs on August 31 after she was seen "babbling" in the line at immigration.

During an interview with customs officer, prosecutors say a plastic pouch containing 0.43g of methamphetamine, or ice, was inside.

The 28-year-old told Denpasar Court on Wednesday that she had been using drugs for around a year while living in Australia, and consumed about one gram of ice a day.

"You should be thankful that you were arrested. If not, you're still using it up to now ... So, please don't think Indonesia as your bad luck," Chief Judge Yanto told her.

After asking her if she had a boyfriend - to which William replied she did not - the judge said she should chose one who does not use drugs.

"After you got released later on, would you still have your holiday in Bali?" the judge asked.

"Yes," William replied.

The maximum penalty for the possession of less than five grams of drugs carries a 12-years prison sentence, while importation has a maximum of 15 years.

However, William's lawyers are pushing for her to be convicted for drug use - which carries a maximum four years in prison.

The matter will return next week when prosecutors are expected to request a sentence.

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