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Aussie man facing two years in Bali prison after alleged hotel room assault


An Australian man could face more than two years in jail after he was arrested following the alleged assault of an Indonesian woman in his Bali hotel room.

A large quantity of gel blaster weapons were also uncovered when authorities searched his room, though it is not yet clear if the replica guns are illegal.

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Perth man Drew Donal Ireland, 28, picked up the local woman from Seminyak Beach before they returned to his hotel room at Kedin’s Inn Hotel in Kuta on June 4, local investigators said.

That’s when a dispute over 1,500,000 rupia ($AU150) escalated, and allegedly turned violent at 6.30pm, local time.

Investigators said the complainant reportedly sustained minor injuries to her head, face and body during the altercation, during which an intoxicated Ireland allegedly threatened to mutilate and kill her.

It’s alleged Ireland also made claims he was an Australian Special Forces soldier conducting training at a military base for an Indonesian sniper team.

The complainant reported the incident to Kuta Police at 9pm local time, which subsequently investigated the matter and located Ireland that night, 500m from his hotel.

Australian man Drew Donal Ireland, 28, faces two years in prison after the alleged assault of a local woman in his hotel room. Credit: Supplied
Police also located numerous replica guns in Ireland’s hotel room, though it is not clear if they are considered illegal. Credit: Supplied

He violently resisted detainment, local investigators said, causing some damage to property.

Ireland was charged for the alleged assault of the complainant under article 351 of the Criminal Code, relating to maltreatment, which carries a maximum penalty of two years and eight months in prison.

A subsequent search of Ireland’s hotel allegedly uncovered five replica guns, two knives, two iron sticks, and the victim’s clothes. It is currently unclear if the gel blaster guns are illegal.

Some stolen items of clothing and cigarettes were also allegedly found in his hotel room. have contacted DFAT for comment.

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Source: 7News