Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Indonesia: Suspect Arrested in Connection with Robbery, Rape of Australian Tourist, 28, in Bali

As a follow-up to my posting of  May 1, "Indonesia: Perth Woman, 28, Raped, Robbed in Kerobokan Villa in Bali by Assailant with Knife," and a report carried by The Bali Daily, which is owned by The Jakarta Post, one of the suspects in the case was reported taken into custody on Sunday (May 12), although others are being sought, despite the fact that they may have fled Bali.

The attack occurred on April 27, 2013, at Villa Damais on Jl. Bumbak in Kerobokan district, North Kuta, where the victim and seven members of her family were vacationing.

The arrest was made by the police with the help of a sketch the victim drew of the suspect. The arrested suspect is identified as having originated from West Nusa Tenggara.

COMMENT: The victim returned to Australia after reporting the case to the North Kuta Police, although other forensic evidence is being analyzed that may implicate the suspect, who has not confessed to the crime.

What is known is that the victim is prepared to return to Bali for trial.

During the break-in last month, the suspect also stole three iPads, two iPhones and IDR 1.5 million (US$154) in cash. The total theft reaches approximately IDR 47.5 million ($4,798). Subsequently, the assailant raped the victim.

The suspect carried a knife and a flashlight. The victim slept alone while other members of her family slept in three rooms in the villa. The victim was also threatened with injury if she called for help.

Our readers are reminded that most rented villas and residences on Bali are not designed with physical security in mind. Consequently, it is essential that prospective accommodations be seen prior to finalizing payment, or request interior and exterior photos via email, with emphasis on door and window security.