The Bali Boy has finally come home. The teenage boy, who spent almost two months in a Bali jail on drug possession charges, was whisked away by his family at the Sydney Airport at 9:55 this morning and taken home.
He was released by Indonesian authorities during the weekend and landed in a Virgin flight from Denpasar.
His face still unseen
The family’s waterfront home in Lake Macquarie was screened with hessian screens, obviously to keep the media from capturing the boy?s face.
The boy, his family, and his lawyers have been hiding his face even since his arrest on October 4, alternatively using a black balaclava, denim jacket, or a mask.
The boy from Morisset Park in New South Wales has been in a Bali jail since he was arrested after getting caught buying marijuana in Bali?s Kuta beach. He had admitted to carrying 3.6 grams of marijuana.
On November 25, a district court gave the teenager only a light two-month jail sentence for marijuana possession. They deducted the eight weeks he had already spent in jail during the trial, so he?ll be able to spend the Christmas with his family.
The television deal a secret too
It is still not confirmed whether the family had actually signed an interview deal with Nine Entertainment or any other media outlets.
They had reportedly struck a six-figure deal with Nine Entertainment in the first week of November to tell their boy?s story and subsequent trial coverage.
The deal, reportedly worth between $200,000 and $300,000, was to include coverage in 60 Minutes, Nine News, and Nine Entertainment?s ACP magazines.
The parents were believed to have sold the story to Nine Network after a bidding war among rival media outlets.
The deal finalized by Nine?s managing director, Jeffrey Browne was signed off by Chief Executive David Gyngell.
Nine spokesman David Hurley was quoted by The Sun-Herald as saying in the beginning of November, ?We?re obviously keen like all other media but we can?t confirm anything at this stage.?