|Neil and Tracy Bantleman|
Neil Bantleman remains in custody, his wife Tracy and other supporters attending court in Indonesia’s capital city as a case against him, which they believe is questionable, continues to unfold.
Thursday, they watched as prosecutors called Jakarta International School principal Elsa Donohue, the Bantleman family said in their most recent update.
Donohue was at one time accused by parents and alleged victims of being an accomplice to Bantleman and his colleague Ferdi Tjiong.
Bantleman’s family also said in the most recent update video evidence from the defence: “Showing mother TPW leading her child and the police through this late-night re-enactment of the alleged crimes at JIS. She is seen pointing to show the boy where to go and directing the police investigators,” was objected to.
There is littled doubt in my mind that this is a money-grabbing scheme concocted by the children's parents who couldn't care less if innocent people are sent to prison. Charges were not filed with police until one of the parents was refused 'blood money' by the school.
They said the defence was asked to wait until later in the trial to introduce the evidence.
Family has also recently said they expect 45-year-old Bantleman, who’s been behind bars about six months now, will be convicted, despite evidence against him they’ve deemed dubious.
One of the children accusing Neil Bantleman of sexually abusing him at the Jakarta International School made a statement to police recalling the man conjuring a “magic stone,” which he used as an anaesthetic to assault him, said Tracy Bantleman, the defendant’s wife.
“Today when asked by the defence how Neil took the magic stone from the sky, the boy said Neil took a plane, he rides on an airplane,” she wrote in an email.
The young witness also spoke of a secret room at the school that doesn’t exist and was never identified by investigators.
Bantleman’s wife said video evidence shows a young accuser being coached and led by his mother during testimony — something the family insists has been a regular occurrence.
“There has been zero evidence to support their claims,” wrote Tracy.
“Perceptions appear to be fuelled by child abuse hysteria and as a result, the children have been conditioned to believe something happened,” she stated.