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Charlie Bradley death: body of Sydney real estate agent who died in Bali will return to Australia


The body of a Sydney estate agent who died in Bali last month is being flown home today as his family awaits answers surrounding his mysterious death.

Charlie John Bradley, 28, was found dead on the road outside a hospital clinic in northern Kuta, southern Bali, hours after leaving a popular beach club at around 4am on April 16.

His distraught family is desperate for answers about what happened to him between leaving the club just after midnight and when he was found.

The body of Charlie John Bradley (pictured, left) is being flown to Australia today. The Sydney estate agent died mysteriously while on holiday in Bali last month. His sister Beth (right) has been desperate ever since for answers about what happened to him

Mr Bradley’s sister, Beth, previously told Daily Mail Australia she suspected her brother was a victim of methanol poisoning – after being assured by friends that no drugs had been used.

“Charlie doesn’t drink beer — he sticks to hard liquor,” she said.

‘There is a lot of methanol poisoning in Bali. It seems many bars pump their alcohol themselves with ethanol to save money on its production.

“The body can’t hack as much, which can lead to hallucinations, not being able to walk, shaking, and multiple other symptoms.”

North Kuta Police Chief Made Prama Setya said there was no evidence Mr Bradley was a victim of methanol poisoning.

Bali Police asked Mr Bradley’s family for permission to perform an autopsy, but the family refused.

They explained that it would have meant months of waiting for his body to be returned to Australia.

Ms Bradley said she “wrenched her brain a million times” in a search for answers and that methanol poisoning was the most plausible theory.

“Every time I’ve googled people in Bali it seems to be a very similar situation and it seems to be more common lately,” she said.

North Kuta Police are investigating the location outside Bhaktivedanta clinic where Mr Bradley was found

North Kuta Police are investigating the location outside Bhaktivedanta clinic where Mr Bradley was found

She received a chilling call from a doctor who was treating her brother at Siloam Hospital in Kuta the day after he died.


Saturday April 15: Charlie Bradley spends the evening drinking at Finn’s Beach Club in North Kuta, South Bali with a friend he traveled with from Australia and several others they met there.

10 p.m.: Mr. Bradley’s friend leaves the club to return to the villa. He stays with the group.

Sunday 16 April – 00.10 am: Mr. Bradley is seen in a taxi by a friend who overhears him giving his address to the driver. The driver knows where he is.

1:30 am: Mr. Bradley calls his friend three times via WhatsApp.

Time unknown: Mr Bradley is reportedly seen stumbling and staggering outside Da Maria restaurant on Petitenget Road, not far from his villa.

3:40 am: Mr. Bradley is found on the road outside a health clinic three minutes’ walk from Da Maria restaurant by a local woman passing by on a motorbike. A taxi driver later stops and helps drive him to the hospital. A foreigner – claiming to be an unknown to Mr Bradley – is seen at the hospital and reportedly shows the doctor a video of Mr Bradley acting erratically, stumbling around and banging his head against the floor.

Monday April 17: Mr. Bradley’s family learns of his death.

“The doctor told me that a man took Charlie to the hospital and he showed him a video of Charlie standing, looking confused and screaming,” she said.

He then fell to the ground and rolled around. He got up, fell again and hit his head on the floor – five times. By the time he got Charlie to the hospital, Charlie was dead.”

Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t get the man’s name and didn’t ask for a copy of the video.

Ms. Bradley made a desperate plea for that person to come forward to spare their family the fear of not knowing what happened in his final moments.

The ‘mystery man’ agrees with the latest update from Bali police, whose spokesman told Daily Mail Australia they questioned two witnesses about the baffling death.

The first is a local woman Mr. Bradley encountered while passing on a motorbike and the second is a taxi driver named Dani Siswanto who drove him to the hospital.

“Mr. Siswanto said the first time he saw Mr. Bradley there was another foreigner who also helped to get the victim into a taxi and take him to Siloam Hospital,” Bali police spokesman Stefanus Setianto said.

Dani said the foreigner told him he didn’t know Mr. Bradley. When the police arrived at the hospital, the foreigner was gone.’

Mr Setianto also revealed that Mr Bradley was seen tripping and falling on the street outside Da Maria Restaurant, which is less than a five-minute walk from where he was found outside the clinic.

“Witnesses said the victim staggered and fell several times in the street,” he said.

He added: “There were some abrasions (scratches) on his body, allegedly from falling into the street.”

The ABC has seen CCTV footage of Mr Bradley’s collapse from a camera over a bar across the road from the clinic.

It shows him falling onto the road, getting up and trying to walk, only to collapse again moments later.

Yeni Wahyuni, a nurse at the 24-hour Bhaktivedanta clinic where Mr Bradley was first found, told the ABC that they had no choice but to reject him because no doctor was available.

“When I opened the door, I saw he was having a seizure,” she said.

Indonesian police say they have launched an investigation into the broker's death and have spoken to two witnesses so far

Indonesian police say they have launched an investigation into the broker’s death and have spoken to two witnesses so far

Mr. Siswanto, the taxi driver who took him to the hospital, said it was too late then.

“He was already dead,” he said.

“I could tell because he wasn’t breathing. There was no movement in his chest.’

The friend left the beach club for him at around 10pm and Mr Bradley was put into a taxi by a female acquaintance at around 12.10pm.

He tried calling his friend three times at 1:30 a.m., but the friend didn’t answer. There are few details about what happened to him after he left the club.

“Did Charlie come home?” Mrs. Bradley asked.

‘Did he come into the villa and then go out again? Or did he even make it there? We have no idea. We assume from the fact that he called his friend that he came back and banged on the door to get in, but it’s just so hard to know.’

Although Ms. Bradley acknowledges that she faces a “massive language barrier”, she feels cruelly abandoned by the Indonesian authorities.

“To be honest, with the measures that have been taken, I have really lost faith in their system,” she said.

“If this had happened in another country, there wouldn’t be so many gaps.”

A GoFundMe page set up by a friend of Mr Bradley’s heartbroken mother Angela to raise money to return his body to Australia has raised more than $55,000 so far.

Doctors in Adelaide, where the family lives, will perform an autopsy to try to determine the cause of death.

Methanol poisoning and how to avoid it abroad

– Methanol is a chemically simple version of alcohol found in locally made spirits, such as Arak, in Bali.

– It is often illegally substituted for vodka and other spirits to increase profits or cut costs.

– Symptoms of methanol poisoning are headache, dizziness, memory loss and drowsiness, and can occur immediately.

– In extreme cases, it can cause psychosis, blindness, brain damage and death.

– A 600ml Arak plastic bag costs less than $5 in Bali.

– Stick to beer, wine, cider and premixed drinks as methanol is only found in counterfeit or illegally imported spirits.

– Stay away from bars and clubs in dodgy neighborhoods and never order cocktails.

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