Australian man accused of trafficking marijuana, Diazepam into Bali mentally ill, says sister

Australian man accused of trafficking marijuana, Diazepam into Bali mentally ill, says sister

Australian man accused of trafficking marijuana, Diazepam into Bali mentally ill, says sister

Updated 31 January 2018, 7:40 AEDT

The sister of an Australian man on trial for importing a small amount of marijuana and Diazepam into Bali urges judges to recognise her brother is mentally ill.

The sister of an Australian man on trial for importing a small amount of drugs into Bali has urged judges to recognise her brother is mentally ill.

Joshua James Baker, 33, is on trial for importing 28 grams of marijuana mixed with tobacco and 37 tablets of the anti-anxiety drug Diazepam.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10-12 years in jail although he'll likely serve around one to two years in prison if he's convicted.

Lawyers for Mr Baker say he suffers from chronic mental illness and is dependent on drugs including Diazepam.

Lawyer Maya Arsanthi said Baker was bipolar and suffered from chronic depression.

She said he was not fit to face trial and should be immediately released from detention and moved to a mental hospital.

Mr Baker's sister, who asked not to be named, spoke to media after the hearing.

She said her brother was diagnosed with a mental illness when he was eight years old. She said he carries drugs with him to treat his illness.

"We hope the judges and the prosecutor can see and acknowledge the severity of Joshua's disease," she said.

"His case is just unique and unprecedented and there has not been any cases like this.

"He's such an insane person".