An Australian woman is the latest victim of Bali’s rash of violent break-ins.
Rae Westbury, 48, was asleep in her rented house on Jl Bumi Ayu at Sanur on Tuesday morning when an intruder broke in and disturbed her. When she screamed he attacked her with a knife and bashed her with a piece of wood.
Neighbours who heard the commotion chased the intruder and caught him in a nearby banana grove.
Westbury has a knife wound to a hand.
Denpasar Police named the intruder as Hilmansyah, 19. Police chief Suryabodo Asmoro said: “The perpetrator ran and hid in a banana orchard next to the victim’s house. He was arrested by locals. The victim was rushed to Kasih Ibu Hospital in Denpasar.”
There have a number of violent break-ins in recent weeks involving foreigners, including attacks in Gianyar and Canggu.
In December 2009, a long-term Bali resident, Japanese woman Hiromi Shimada, 41, was robbed, raped and murdered in her rented house in Kuta.