Second Japanese Woman Slain in Kuta Attack

KUTA ~ A Japanese woman murdered in her rented Kuta home was the victim of a frenzied attack, an autopsy conducted this week has shown.

Bali Police said on Sunday they believed Hiromi Shimada, 41, had been bound and stabbed 10 times in the stomach and chest. But on Monday doctors said the attack was much worse than original crime scene investigations had indicated.

“She was stabbed 25 times and also hit several times with a blunt object on her stomach and chest,” said Ida Bagus Putu Alit, head of forensic medicine at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.

Shimada’s body was found on Sunday morning in her rented home on Jl Sada Sari, about a kilometre from Kuta Beach, on Sunday morning. She had been dead for 12 to 24 hours before being discovered.

Alit said the autopsy also showed that Shimada did not resist her attacker and that she had died relatively quickly.

Laboratory tests are being conducted to determine whether she had consensual sex or was raped before being killed.

“The victim’s body is being kept in the morgue because none of her family has come to claim her,” Alit said.

Denpasar Police chief Gede Alit Widana said officers had questioned 15 witnesses, including Shimada’s ex-husbands Agus and Harianto, whom she married in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

He said two suspects had been identified but refused to reveal their names before arrests were made.

The brutal slaying is the second in months of a Japanese woman in the Kuta area. On September 28 the partly clothed body of tourist Rika Kasano, 33, was found on vacant land in Tuban.

Shimada, from Saitama in Japan, is reported to have lived in Bali since 1997 but did not have a job.

Bali Tourism Board chief Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said this week the murders had damaged Bali’s image.

“The publicity about the cases has been massive and it really hurts our image,” he said.

Wijaya said police must move quickly to solve the case to ensure Bali does not lose its reputation as a safe place to visit.

“It would be even better if the police could prevent such cases from happening in Bali,” he said.

He also said immigration authorities should be more careful because many foreigners had misused their visas in Bali.

“The permit is only as a visitor but they do business in Bali instead and some have overstayed their visas. We don’t need that kind of tourist,” he said.

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