Aussie faces Bali court over alleged child abduction

A SELF-DESCRIBED life coach and spiritual healer from Australia has appeared in a Bali court, charged with abducting his 15-month-old son from his estranged partner.

Alistair Heath Larmour, formerly of Melbourne and Perth, is alleged to have assaulted his former partner, a Polish woman, and abducted their son Andrew in a late-night home invasion in Ubud.

He was arrested after allegedly keeping the little boy at his home for four days, during which time he and his former partner, Agnieszka Krzysztofowicz, played out their domestic dispute, via social media.

Alistair Larmour listens to the prosecutor reading out his indictment on his first trial at the Gianyar District Court in Bali. Picture: Lukman Bintoro/ News Corp Australia
Alistair Larmour listens to the prosecutor reading out his indictment on his first trial at the Gianyar District Court in Bali. Picture: Lukman Bintoro/ News Corp Australia

The boy's mother, desperate to find her son, posted photos and video of him and Larmour responded by releasing a tearful video of himself with the boy.

Now, more than three months later the saga has had another airing, this time in the Gianyar District Court in Bali.

Larmour, 40, faces multiple charges over the incident, under Indonesia's Child Protection and Criminal Code, including the major charge of child abduction which carries a maximum 15 year sentence.

Alistair Larmour is alleged to have assaulted his former partner, a Polish woman, and abducted their son.  Picture: Lukman Bintoro/ News Corp Australia
Alistair Larmour is alleged to have assaulted his former partner, a Polish woman, and abducted their son. Picture: Lukman Bintoro/ News Corp Australia

He also faces a charge of deliberately taking a minor, aged less than 12, using violence, from the person who has control of the child. He faces subsidiary charges of deliberately hiding the boy and assault on his estranged partner.

After prosecutors read out the indictment and allegations against him, Larmour and his lawyers opted not to deliver an objection to the charges.

Asked by reporters if the reason he was not lodging an objection was that he intended admitting guilt, Larmour said: "You guys can all go home. Relax, I don't have anything to say today, you can all go home and enjoy the rest of your day. I have nothing further to say, your questions are a waste of time."

Agnieszka Krzysztofowicz is the former partner of the accused.
Agnieszka Krzysztofowicz is the former partner of the accused.

Prosecutor Yessi Puspita Asuki told the court it was alleged that about midnight on April 15 this year Larmour and another man went to Ms Krzysztofowicz's home in Ubud.

"(The victim) opened the door and the defendant directly kicked the victim's body, then pushed her head into the wall, then hit the back of her head. Larmour then fell down on top of her body and was overbearing her," Ms Asuki told the court.

"The defendant's friend, who is not known, then got into the house and took the victim's son and brought him to the car."

Ms Asuki said it was alleged Larmour then fled the home, tearing off his jacket which the victim was grabbing and ran to the car and took the boy to his rental home in South Denpasar.

She said at the time the boy was aged 15 months. It was alleged that he was kept by Larmour for four days before being returned to his mother.

On his LinkedIn profile and his own web page Larmour describes himself as a life coach, spiritual healer and trainer.

His web page, which says he practices "spirituality minus the BS", describes his battle with drugs and alcohol and schizophrenia.

Growing up in suburban Melbourne, Larmour said he was homeless at the age of 25, eventually finding his way to Alcoholics Anonymous in Perth, where he writes that he served as secretary.

"This is the story of someone who went from homeless junky to leading spiritualist," Larmour writes on his web page.

On his LinkedIn profile, Larmour describes himself as "an ordinary guy living a gentle lifestyle in Bali Indonesia with an outstanding wife and our first child just born this year".

He goes on: "I have a passionate message to share about being authentic and living the life you were created to live."



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