An Australian father of one has allegedly been killed during a family holiday in Bali. Troy Johnston from Perth is reported to have been killed during an altercation with a local man during the early hours of Thursday morning. Police in Bali have issued a public statement regarding the arrest of a 20-year-old Indonesian man in South Kuta in connection with the death of an Australian tourist.
As reported by 9News Australia, Troy Johnston and his partner Ni Nyoman Purnianti, known as Oman Yanti, were on vacation with their young child in Bali. On Wednesday night, Johnston had been out drinking with his Gede Wijaya at Uncle Benz Caffe in Ungasan in South Kuta. Purnianti is said to have gone looking for her partner with her brother after he failed to come home to their villa. She and her brother found Johnston outside the venue with injuries that were ultimately fatal. He was rushed to BIMC Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
In a press statement issued to local reporters, the Head of Public Relations of the Bali Police, Pol Stefanus Satakake Bayu Setianto, explained, “The perpetrator and the victim [started] drinking alcohol at 7.30 pm. Shortly thereafter, the victim got drunk and hit the perpetrator. Before hitting the victim using a chair, the victim first threatened the perpetrator to hit using a chair. Seeing the victim lift a chair, the perpetrator reflexively lifted the chair and hit the victim’s head many times at once. According to the perpetrator’s statement.”
Wijaya was paraded at the press conference held by Bali Police on Friday, 24th February. During the press conference, the microphone was held up to Wiajaya, who, with a bowed head, shared his regret for the events that had unfolded.
Police confirmed that Wijaya did not resist arrest and is now awaiting further investigation. If convicted of murder, Wijaya faces up to 15 years in prison. Wijaya has also been quoted saying, “he was drunk and lost control…I tried to calm him down. I am very sorry, I [did not] have the intention] to hurt him”.
Another police spokesperson shared more details of the moments leading up to the attack, “the perpetrator urinated by the victim, and then [the victim] made trouble at the cafe that was owned by the perpetrator. The victim threw the bottle and glass, the perpetrator hit the victim with the chair”.
As the reports of the case have been confirmed by police, Purnianti has taken to social media to share her grief for her partner. In one post, she wrote, ‘wake up for us’. A police cordon is in place around Uncle Benz Cafe in Ungasan while an investigation is underway. Police officials have not suggested that they are questioning anyone else in connection to the death of Troy Johnston.
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