Brother of Gordon Ramsey on trial in Bali


The brother of British chef, Gordon Ramsey, has appeared in Denpasar District Court today on charges of drugs possession. Ronnie Ramsey aged 39, was caught with 100 milligrams of heroin a couple of months ago, outside a supermarket in Tuban and has been holed up in Polda, the police cells in Denpasar.

Ronnie Ramsey is probably glad to get a day out of the cells and would of found Denpasar District Court to be non-threatening, open-air and rather like a school room. On the plus side he has a wealthy brother who could bail him out. On the minus side any Solution is going to be expensive.

Here’s more from the Jakarta Post.

Brother of famous British chef goes on trial on heroin possession charges

DENPASAR (AP): British chef Gordon Ramsay’s younger brother went on trial for heroin possession Thursday – a charge that faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, court officials said.

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Ronald Ramsay, 39, sat quietly as prosecutors told the Denpasar District Court that police who searched him outside a supermarket on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali in February found 100 milligrams of the drug in his pocket.

“The defendant had the heroin inside a red Marlboro packet,” Agung Kusumayasa Ciputra said in reading out three pages of charges.

Under Indonesia’s tough drug laws Ramsay could face a maximum 10-year jail sentence.

Traffickers are routinely sentenced to death. At the end of 2006, 134 people were on death row, including 37 foreigners and 97 Indonesians, most of them for drug-related crimes.

Another celebrity connection soon to be joining the other familiar faces in Kerobokan jail.