Suspect Admits Killing Australian in Canggu: Police

DENPASAR ~ Police said they have arrested a man who confessed to murdering an Australian woman in an apparent botched robbery in Canggu earlier this month.

Ahmad Fahrul Rozi was arrested on Tuesday in the city of Malang in East Java in connection with the death of 34-year-old Heidi Murphy, Badung district police chief Ahmad Subarkah said on Wednesday.

Rozi, a 23-year-old laborer, “has admitted that he had killed the victim,” Subarkah said, adding that he told police he needed money to buy engagement rings for himself and his girlfriend in Malang.

“Our preliminary investigations showed that he might have stabbed the victim after she caught him inside the house and began to shout for help,” he said.

Murphy was found dead with more than 30 stab wounds in her villa on February 10.

Subarkah said police believe the suspect stabbed his victim repeatedly to ensure that she was dead.

An alleged accomplice, Nurianto, was arrested last week after calls from Murphy’s stolen cellphone were traced to his girlfriend.

“Nurianto so far has told police that he was asked by Rozi to take him to Murphy’s house, drop him there and pick him up later,” Subarkah said.

Rozi will face charges of theft accompanied by violence that resulted in death, which carries a maximum penalty of death, he added.

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