What happened to Jamie Murphy just recently is a parent’s worse nightmare and could happen to anybody! Our great friend and their 18 year old son went on his first holiday abroad with his best friends and ended up being locked away in Bali; in a foreign country charged with alleged drug possession.
The charges were soon dropped and he was proved to be innocent of any crime and yet spent 3 days incarcerated and has to pay back huge legal costs. Jamie Murphy is an amazing young man highly committed to pursuing a career in soccer. He has been playing soccer for 14 years and recently won Young Player of the Year Award from Football West. He has been playing for Bayswater City FC for the last two seasons and is still really popular at the club, who are outraged at what happened to their popular and respected young player!
He is now training with Perth Glory FC’s Youth Team and is so passionate about football that he has been coaching young kids at Grasshoppers most weekend mornings for the past year! On the 20th of November, Jamie set off to Bali with 6 close friends. Mountain hikes, water sports and ATV adventures were all on the itinerary for the group of friends until on the 22nd of November.
On only their second day in Bali Jamie’s life was turned upside down. Jamie returned to his hotel feeling sick, intoxicated, alone and vulnerable and was arrested for suspicion of alleged drug possession. During his three-day stint in custody, Jamie quickly became the subject of worldwide media attention that led to the defamation of his character.The substance in question was eventually tested and came back as paracetamol. Jamie’s blood and urine tests came back negative, proving him to be completely innocent and just a naive teenager in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He was later released into the custody of his distraught parents at 10pm on 24th of November and they flew back home the next day.
Jamie and his family are extremely thankful for the rapid and exceptional work of his lawyers. However, this proud hardworking normal family has been left with an immense legal bill that they are unable to cover without asking for help from our incredible community. Jamie does not wish to go to the media, and sell his story, but instead would be immensely grateful just to be able to rid himself and his family of these debts and move on.
As Jamie’s friends who were in Bali with him when this ordeal occurred, we have witnessed first-hand the hurt and stress that has come along with it.
On behalf of the Murphy family, we would be very grateful for any donations to try and help Jamie rid himself of debt and move on with his life, and this would also try and warn others about the dangers.
Please help with a donation – https://www.gofundme.com/thepriceofinnocence?ssid=829811930&pos=1