Bali Holiday Romance With a Sting

NUSA DUA

A 37-year-old Japanese woman who befriended a 28-year-old East Java man and had a five-month relationship with him from March to July this year ended up paying a high price for her holiday romance.

The story came to light last week when South Kuta Police released details of a robbery at Nusa Dua earlier this month.

Suyanto, from Banyuwangi, East Java, had repeatedly asked Harumi, from Chiba, Tokyo, to pay his rent on a house at Mumbul, Jimbaran, and to give him money to meet daily living expenses. When she finally refused the relationship ended.

They apparently agreed to meet again this month, at Nusa Dua on the evening of November 4, but when they did so, on Jl Pantai Segara about 10pm near cliffs north of the Nikko Hotel, they argued.

Suyanto had taken money from her during their relationship.

Harumi fell 15 metres during the fight and Suyanto then stole her bag containing Rp30 million (US$3,360), a handycam, mobile phone and Walkman and ran away.

Harumi’s friends at her Tuban house later found her injured and called police.

South Kuta Police chief Nanan Prihasmoko this week said detectives who went to Suyanto’s Mumbul house, where he had been living with an Indonesian woman, found he had gone to Cilicap in Central Java with her and they were married.

Suyanto was arrested at his house in Cilicap on November 12. He tried to flee when police arrived and was shot in the leg.

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