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Family forgives Aussie in Java crash
Family 'forgives' Aussie in Java crash

The family of an Australian man charged over a fatal crash has reportedly paid $US3000 ($A3,245) in compensation to the Indonesian victims, who say they have forgiven him.

Jake Drage, 23, appeared in court on Tuesday on charges that carry up to six years’ jail if he’s found guilty.

The West Australian personal trainer has converted to Islam while in custody and told reporters he was feeling fine.

Prosecutors argued he was speeding to the beach when his motorbike hit another in West Java, fatally injuring a local mother named Kokom.

Kokom’s husband Iim has told The Jakarta Post newspaper they have received $US3000 from the Australian’s family and have forgiven him.

“Nobody wants an accident,” he told the newspaper.

“Jake and his family have settled this case with us. We have forgiven them and our relationship is fine.”

The Drage family did not confirm the compensation amount on Wednesday, but a fundraising page set up shortly after the June 30 arrest had raised more than $A3000.

In a statement then, Drage expressed his sadness to the victims and said: “My family will be providing support to them and I hope we can be warm and close friends in the future.”

Drage’s trial continues in West Java next week.


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