Tradie, 24, convicted of stealing a woman's handbag in a popular tourist cafe in Bali after being caught and beaten by the locals, a radiant smile blinks while being released from prison
- Carpenter from Queensland, 24, released from prison at Kerobokan after 4 months in prison
- Matthew Richards Woods beamed a big smile of relief and embraced his parents
- Friday by immigration officials brought to the airport to be flown home
- The most difficult part of leaving the prison in Bali was missing the new friends he made
A man from Queensland was released from an Indonesian prison after serving four months for stealing a woman's handbag – a crime he says he did not commit.
Gold Coast carpenter Matthew Woods, 24, smiled from ear to ear as he walked out of Bali's Balobok prison on Friday into the arms of his parents Richard and Michelle, who were waiting for him.
Woods carried his personal belongings in an orange bag and was clearly delighted to see his parents and warmly embraced them both with a Balinese supporter when he was released from prison.
Matthew Richards Woods (right) leaves Bali & # 39; s Kerobokan prison beaming with happiness after a huge welcoming hug from his father Richard (left) on Friday
Matthew Richards Woods, 24, pictured in June. The Gold Coast carpenter was faced with the dire prospect of seven years in prison, but was sentenced to four months instead and released on Friday
Woods said he was at the top of the world & # 39; felt and was looking forward to eating normal food again. to eat.
He said the most difficult thing about leaving prison was to leave the friends he had made during his four-month sentence.
& # 39; I have made good friends here, & # 39; he said to a reporter as he boarded a waiting immigration car to take him to the airport for his flight to Australia later on Friday night.
Woods said he would come back to Bali.
& # 39; Yes, if I may, & # 39; he said and laughed as the car door closed.
Woods was confronted with a possible prison sentence of up to seven years after being convicted in June of throwing away a Canadian tourist bag at the Pretty Poison bar in Canggu, Bali.
During his trial, the Denpasar court heard that Woods was riding a motorcycle with an Australian partner known only as & # 39; Dean & # 39; he drove when the two approached the 20-year-old Canadian woman and her boyfriend on the street and introduced themselves as Australian.
After talking for a while, Woods pulled the victim's bag and fled on the motorcycle while the Canadian woman chased, the court heard.
The couple on the motorcycle were intercepted by a local man, Ahmed Riadin, and the bike fell, the court heard.
Local people searched Woods for the bag but found nothing, the court heard.
The bag was found by a man at a boarding house a few meters away from where Woods had fallen, the court heard in September.
Woods was chased by a group of local Balinese who beat him before he was arrested.
The yellow bag (photo) that has been stolen
The trader has consistently maintained his innocence, and the Canadian woman, who according to other witnesses was drunk at the time, was the only one who saw Woods take the bag.
The maximum sentence for theft committed by two or more people under Article 363 in Indonesia is seven years in prison.
Woods was sentenced on October 10 to four months in prison, with just over two weeks in time served since June.
Woods' parents, who defended him throughout the trial, said he was an innocent man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
& # 39; He is such a good child, such a polite child, very generous – that is why everyone loves him & # 39 ;, father Richard Woods told Seven News after being sentenced.
& # 39; What he made, he is not … I know he did not do it. Everyone knows he didn't do it – but in the wrong place, the wrong time, & he said.
Woods was chased and beaten by the locals before being imprisoned for four months
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