Now that Facebook messages have surfaced between alleged kiwi drug mule Antony de Malmanche and his friend, it appears de Malmanche was in it for love of a woman who he now doesn’t think exists.
Looking at the messages, de Malmanche seemed to have thought a woman who he had met online would marry him, buy him a car, and move to New Zealand to live with him.
His friend, Jason Patterson says things seemed “dodgy” when de Malmanche spoke of the woman and he feels like he should have said something sooner, reports say. “I went along with that because I felt a bit sorry for him and just let it go . . . I pretty much said good on ya I hope it works out,” Patterson said, quoted by stuff.co.nz.
De Malmanche reportedly messaged Patterson on October 6 that he might visit the South Island with “my lady,” after he and his online woman move to New Zealand. He also reportedly told Patterson that the said woman “owns her own business, even owns a house in south africa.”
Just one day later, de Malmanche messaged Patterson that he might get a car from the woman, saying, “Might be a wedding here if all goes well lol.”
However, now de Malmanche has claimed he doesn’t believe this “Jessie” woman who he fell in love with actually exists. After his arrest, he publicly stated he had never met her and she was a “fake,” reports stuff.co.nz.
De Malmanche made international news last week when he was reportedly detained last week with 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine in his backpack at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on December 1.
While de Malmanche’s family has been vocal saying he has been scammed and set up by this alleged “Jessie” woman he met online, Indonesian narcotics investigators claim they have been tracking de Malmanche for months and that he was but a cog in an international drugs ring.
If convicted for drug trafficking, de Malmanche could face the firing squad. Indonesia has said lately that it’s serious about its harsh penalties for drug law violators.
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