British man allegedly killed by Indonesian girlfriend in Bali while on call with his ex

An Indonesian woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her British husband in Bali while he was on a call with his ex.

A British man was allegedly murdered by his Indonesian girlfriend in Bali, while on a video call with his family in the UK.

Matt Harper, 48, is suspected of being stabbed by Emmy Pakpahan in the South East Asian tourist hotspot before dying of his injuries.

The father of two is understood to have been on a video call with his stepdaughter and ex-wife at home, Sun reports.

Harper, who worked for the luxury hotel firm Karma, had been in a relationship with Pakpahan since last July, according to friends.

Ms. Pakpahan, who is 40 years old and was born in Indonesia but has US citizenship from a previous marriage, allegedly told police that Mr. Harper committed suicide.

He showed investigators video of him dying on the floor of his Bali home moments after his alleged attack on Thursday.

Ms. Pakpahan shot the footage herself from outside the property, claiming that Matt had locked the doors and intentionally harmed himself.

She sobbed in the clip: “I don’t know what happened. I do not know, I do not know”.

Friends say they were dating, but she seemed to suggest they were married to a Facebook photo of “Mr. and Mrs. Harper” in October.

And in a rare video on social media, she films herself thanking friends and family for their “support” after news of her death broke.

She tells the camera, “Naturally, I’m sad. And if they don’t hear from me, it’s not because I don’t want to respond, I need time to process things.

“Please don’t believe anything until a statement comes out from the police department.”

However, the Bali police arrested her on suspicion of murder.

‘best father’

Harper’s ex-girlfriend in Bali, Allin Efashion, said Sun:: “I was with him before he arrived with Emmy. He was a perfect gentleman, a loving and charming man. He was the love of my life. I can not believe he is gone”.

“He was the best father to his two daughters and his stepdaughter and was loved by many friends in the UK and Bali. May he rest in peace.”

Other friends said they feared for Harper’s safety in the weeks before her death.

They described Ms. Pakpahan as a “psycho” girlfriend who has been accused in Balinese Facebook groups of being a serial scammer who has swindled foreigners out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Harper is believed to have arrived in Bali from Gloucester, in south-west England, in February 2020. She landed a job with the hotel group and often shared videos and photos on social media of her “dream” life on the Indonesian island. .

As a keen chef, he used to cook delicacies for his friends in Bali and even organized a “Come to dinner with me” event at a restaurant there last year.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said last night: “We are in contact with the Indonesian police regarding the death of a British man in Bali, and we are supporting the family at this difficult time.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.


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