Australian Bodhi Risby-Jones, accused of naked, violent rampage in Aceh, secures his release

A Queensland man accused of seriously injuring a local man in an alleged naked shooting rampage in Indonesia’s religiously conservative province of Aceh has reportedly been released.

Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23, has been in custody since late April after allegedly stalking and beating people in the street, including a fisherman whose leg required stitches.

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According to media reports, Risby-Jones has been charged with ill-treatment.

The ABC reported that Risby-Jones was released on Tuesday evening.

He could reportedly face up to five years in prison and a public flogging if convicted of the alleged attack in the town of Simeulue.

His victim, Edi Ron, sustained a large laceration to his leg that required dozens of stitches.

He told 7NEWS that Risby-Jones “went insane and was chasing people.”

Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones, 23. Credit: 7NEWS

He claimed he was hit “from behind” by the young man.

“If I hadn’t been saved by the people there, I would have been beaten in the ditch,” said Edi.

Risby-Jones told local media he felt “obsessed” during the incident and was “not myself”.

Simeulue fisherman Edi Ron spoke to 7NEWS after he was allegedly attacked by Australian Bodhi Mani Risby-Jones. Credit: 7NEWS
Bodhi Risby-Jones during an appearance for local media in May. Credit: 7NEWS

At the end of May it was announced that Risby-Jones had reached an agreement to pay his victim AU$25,000.

“I hope the money can be used to help you guys a lot,” Risby-Jones said through an interpreter to Edi’s wife, ABC reported.

“Once again I am very sorry and I am very pleased that you have accepted my apology. Thank you very much.”

Risby-Jones is expected to return to Australia in the coming days.

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James Brien

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