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A Melbourne man who was caught with $30 worth of methamphetamine in Bali is about to stroll free from prisonas early as next week.Ricky Shane Rawson were facing as much as 12 years in Bali's notorious Kerobokan Prison after police found 0.06g of the drug once they raided the villa where he was staying within the upmarket area of Seminyak in Bali in May.But a panel of judges within the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday sentenced Rawsdirectly to only 4months, finding him guilty of drug use as opposed to ownion, which carries a miles harderpenalty.With time alin a positionserved taken under consideration, it isexpected he's going to be released from prison next week.the executive judge, Dewa Made Wenten, told the court that Rawson's history of depression and his blankrecord were key factors in him receiving a lightsentence."The defendant suffers mental and behavioral problems that made him abuse narcotics. He needs mental rehabilitation," he said.Under Indonesian law, individuals who admit to drug addiction are usuallygiven more lenient sentences.Prison authorities later confirmed that Rawson can be released as soon because the 4month period of detention expires."His detention started on could24. we need to count first when he may well be released," Kerobokan Prison head of administration Made Suardana said.Rawson had admitted to shopping for the methamphetamine - commonly known in Australia as speed and that in Indonesia as shabu shabu - for the equivalent of about $30 from a girlnamed Mary on the Sky Garden nightclub in Kuta, a well-liked haunt among partygoers.However, he denied employingthe medicine for partying, telling the court he used speed about three to 4times a month to regard depression.Rawson is being held in Kerobokan Prison at the side of one1 other Australians, all of whom were jailed for drug-related offences, including the Bali Nine, the Gold Coast's Schapelle Corby and Sydney man Michael Sacatides.

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