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I don't know, drinking, 2am at night? Drugs? Followed by electrocution and fall?


Australian teenager Jake Flannery dies after being electrocuted outside a Bali nightclub

A FAULTY electric neon sign may have been responsible for the death of an Australian teenager outside a busy nightclub in the popular holiday area of Kuta in Bali.

The 18-year-old, who was electrocuted about 2am (5am AEDT) this morning, has been named by police as Jake Mitchell Flannery, from NSW.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident outside the Fourteen Roses Hotel and Joker Cafe on Jelan Legian in Kuta, on a section of the street under repair.

A witness has told police the teenager was touching a neon sign attached to the cafe and a metal pole which was part of a roadworks site when he let out a scream before falling to the ground.

He was with two friends at the time of his death in a busy nightclub district popular with Australians and other tourists.

Kuta police chief Captain Gede Ganefo said the incident would be investigated, including whether those responsible for the construction work had failed to take proper care in ensuring the area was safe.

However, a spokesman for the state electricity company told AAP that it was believed the neon sign attached to the Joker Cafe was the source of the surge in electricity that killed Mr Flannery.

It's believed he came into contact with the neon box when he attempted to pass by a section of footpath that was obstructed by concrete slabs due to ongoing roadworks.

"The Australian (was) electrocuted with neon installation of that cafe," Mastika, who goes by one name, told AAP.

"We found that the cable to the neon box was scrapped," he said, meaning wires carrying the electric current were exposed.

Mastika said it was the cafe's responsibility to ensure the cable was in good condition and not faulty.

"The state electricity company's responsibility is from the network to the customer's electricity metre box. Beyond that is the customer's responsibility," he said.

Australian media reports say Mr Flannery was from the NSW Central Coast and had been celebrating the end of year 12 in Bali. He had been a student at the selective Gosford High School, reports say.

The bar manager, Agung Wirakusuma, told the Seven Network other tourists were to blame for the faulty sign.

"Most of night people got very drunk and he banged the sign," he said.

"Something broken inside of the sign."

The two friends who were with the teenager tried unsuccessfully to revive him, Seven said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has confirmed the incident.

"Consular officers in Australia are providing assistance to the family of a teenager from New South Wales who died in Bali on 26 November as a result of accidental electrocution," a DFAT spokesman said in a statement.

"Staff from the Australian consulate in Bali are providing consular assistance to the friends of the teenager."

Mr Flannery's body has been taken to a hospital in Denpasar.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. - Winston Churchill

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I wonder if he contacted the primary or the secondary? We'll probably never know. On a related note I picked out a pair of Thorogood boots because they carried an electric shock rating... well that and because I'm 'bad to the bone', lol!

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