Aussie nightclub promoter to be freed from Bali jail
Disgraced Melbourne party boy William Cabantog is set to leave Bali this weekend after serving a year in the notorious Kerobokan prison for cocaine crimes.
The former nightclub promoter and his recently released partner in crime David Van Iersel - who now lives in Perth - were busted in possession of 1.12 grams of cocaine at Canggu's Lost City nightclub last year.
Cabantog recently went public about an attempt to take his own life in his squalid cell - a claim disputed by jail staff.
"I never heard of him attempting suicide and I have been working here since February. William spends his time meditating, exercising and going to church," said Kerobokan jail warden Mr Yulius Sahruzah.
Cabantog - who adored the high life of fast boats, champagne and late night parties with models and A-listers - is low on the prison pecking order.
He is reportedly arrogant, antagonises Indonesian crims and rejects prison projects.
One prison insider - who wishes to remain nameless - said the Aussie is not well liked and exercises alone to maintain his buff physique. He meditates both inside his cell and at church.
"He doesn't study self-help books or do any education courses. He has (a) very bad attitude and is rude (to) almost every person, especially Indonesians. No one likes him including Matt (Norman from the Bali 9). Will is always provoking fights," the inmate said.
It's a far cry from December when he broke down and wept inside the Denpasar District Court when the prosecutor called for a sentence of 18 months jail.
That single night of snorting cocaine with Van Iersel, who managed the club and gave his mate free drinks as a reward for bringing paying customers to the club, landed them in court facing a maximum sentence of 12 years.
The court found that both men were drug addicted victims of the narcotics trade.
Cabantog, 36, had drug issues since he was a teen runaway living on the streets of Melbourne.
"I had immigrant parents who came to Australia and had very strict values. I had an alcoholic, abusive father. I couldn't understand the situation … I ran away from home when I was 15. I was homeless for a year. I ended up moving in with my aunty and my cousin. My aunty was like a mother figure for me at the time," Cabantog told the court.
He also told the court that he used cocaine for the first time when he was 15 - shortly after his cousin died from drug abuse.
He claimed drugs helped to manage his depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Cabantog said he fled Victoria, where he had previously worked at some of Melbourne's hottest clubs include Eve and Boutique, to get away from the drug scene.
Originally published as Aussie nightclub promoter to be freed from Bali jail