Matthew Norman - facing a firing squad in Bali.
Matthew Norman - facing a firing squad in Bali.

Don?t shoot my boy

By DARREN COYNE

ROBYN Davis received a phone call this week that no mother should have to take ? her son Matthew Norman is to be shot by a firing squad in Indonesia.

Mrs Davis, who is living in Tweed Heads, is now desperate to save her son, the youngest member of the convicted heroin smuggling group, the Bali Nine.

Appeal judges in the Indonesian Supreme Court this week confirmed they had imposed the death penalty on four more of the group: Scott Rush, 20, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, 23, Si Yi Chen, 21, and Mrs Davis' son, 19-year-old Norman.

Mrs Davis told the Daily News yesterday said she was stunned to be contacted by the Australian consulate confirming the decision.

"The consulate wasn't 100 per cent sure. They initially told me it was life and then later that night told me it was death," she said.

Mrs Davis believes not enough is being done by the authorities to save the lives of the young Australians.

"I don't think the government has done anything. If this was John Howard's daughter he'd be jumping up and down by now," she said.

"We give Indonesia three million dollars every year to help develop their country. Why not give that type of money to help save these kids."

Mrs Davis believes a major fundraising effort may be the only answer.

"Everything over there is run by money. It's all about money. We we're told it would cost $650,000 by the solicitors to free our son," she said.

"I'd like to be able to save all the kids because no-one deserves to be shot. They deserve 20 years in jail because they did the wrong thing, but they don't deserve to die."

Mrs Davis is leaving for Bali next week to celebrate her son's birthday and plans to move to Bali by Christmas.

"He'll be turning 20 on the 17th of September," she said.

"I want to spend quality time with my child before he's shot."

Despite his conviction, Mrs Davis refuses to believe reports that her son was one of the ring-leaders in the heroin smuggling group.

"Matthew's dyslexic. They say he is a leader but he hasn't got the brains to be a leader," she said.

She is also having difficulty understanding the sentence.

"(Schapelle) Corby actually had drugs on her and gets 20 years. The boys in the motel had nothing on them and are going to be shot, it's completely wrong," she said.

Mrs Davis said her son was doing it tough in jail. "I've been ringing him and was talking to him last night (Thursday) but after five minutes the guards took his phone away," she said.

"We were just talking about things and he was crying and I said I'll see you in a week's time."

Mrs Davis is planning a surprise party for her son's birthday.

"Mercedes, Corby's sister, is helping me get the gear together for the party," she said.

"Matthew's twin sister Cheryl will be flying over for his birthday and I believe his father (Michael Norman) will also be there."



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