Jake Drage, a 23 year old man from Geraldton, is currently in an Indonesian jail after being involved in a motorbike accident where a woman died. (read more here) Tiena Drage, Jake's mum, has arrived in Indonesia and put out the following release:
In speaking about the accident, Jake says "On behalf of myself and my family, I want to express our deepest sympathies to the family of the lady who has tragically died. The accident leaves me with a sadness that is very difficult to describe" and "I want to thank her family for all the kindness and goodwill they have shown me. My family will be providing support to them and I hope we can be warm and close friends in the future".
"It was a tragic accident and the family understands and accepts that the tragedy was not my fault", he said. "They hope that there is a speedy resolution to this too"
On Jake's treatment, Tiena said "It was a huge relief to see Jake and hug him, I'm thankful that Jake has been taken care of, but it is a draining experience. I'm just so glad to be here" and "I will be speaking to Indonesian Authorities shortly to see how the case is progressing and hoping that we get a decision as soon as possible". Jake also commented that "I have great respect for Indonesia and its Justice system and I'm very hopeful that the right decision will be made".
Speaking about the support he has received, Jake said "I want to thank all of my family and friends and people I don't even know for their love and support of me. It's not easy living in a jail and the kindness of people here, at home and in other countries has been overwhelming and has again shown me the goodness in people".
Jake also had messages for Aussies considering travelling to Indonesia. "I love Indonesia and its people and I'll be coming back", he said. "Don't let my experience of being involved in a tragic accident put you off seeing the beauty of this country and its people and experiencing its cultures. And remember you are bound by the laws and processes of any country and these need to be respected" he added.