Bali prosecutors push for jail for WA man

Indonesian prosecutors are pushing for an Australian man accused of kicking and stomping on a Bali nightclub manager to be jailed for one and a half years.

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Scott Dobson from Western Australia was arrested over the alleged attack in Kuta on September 27, 2013 and has been housed in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan prison throughout his trial.

He has been charged with openly committing violence against persons or property and maltreatment – offences that carry a maximum penalty of nine years.

But on Monday prosecutors asked Denpasar District Court to sentence him to one and a half years.

While Gusti Ayu Fitria described Dobson’s refusal to “admit” what he had done as an “incriminating factor”, she said he had “behaved politely during trial and has never been punished before”.

“During the trial, there’s no justification or reason which may eliminate the defendant’s mistake and with that, the defendant must be punished in accordance to what he did,” she added.

Prosecutors claim he and his friends – who remain on police’s ‘wanted list’ – attacked Canadian manager, Kenneth Wickes, of the popular night spot Sky Garden after a dispute about their drinks bill.

Mr Wickes has said he was pushed, kicked and stomped on by Dobson.

But 53-year-old Dobson has denied this, saying he only pushed him and tried to stop others carrying out the rest of the attack.

Dobson said he later tried to “negotiate” with Mr Wickes by offering to pay around 80 million rupiah (A$7,888) towards his dental bill.

His defence team will respond to prosecutors later this week.