A tourist holidaying in Bali with his wife and young child has been killed after his own brother-in-law began beating him during a wild night out.
Troy Scott Johnston, 40, from Australia, was drinking at Uncle Benz Cafe in South Kuta when tensions began to boil after he urinated on bar owner Gede Wijaya.
Wijaya, 20, allegedly retaliated by using a chair to inflict fatal head injuries upon the Aussie.
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Johnston was drunk and “throwing bottles on the street” which led to an initial confrontation where “Wijaya was attacked and slammed”, according to police statements.
Police believe Johnston “quickly got up and grabbed a chair and threw it at Wijaya,” to which Wijaya responded by hitting him fatally on the head.
During a police conference on Balinese TV, Wijaya told police that Johnston was “drunk and lost control”.
However, Johnston’s wife Ni Nyoman Purnianti has dismissed claims of disorderly behaviour.
Writing on social media, Purnianti called Wijaya a “f***ing liar”.
“You said you know my husband. You just know my husband that (night).”
News outlets are now reporting that this was a family dispute as Wijaya and Johnston were brother-in-laws who had spent the night together drinking before the urine incident.
Coconuts Bali reported: “Police said Wijaya and Johnston drank arak (traditional liquor) together until the victim became inebriated.”
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The local news outlet reported Wijaya claimed Johnston "peed on my left leg". He added: "I tried to tell him to cut it out. But he went inside and threw glass cups at me."
Police have since arrested Wijaya and charged the bar owner with the murder of Johnston. He now faces 15 years in prison if found guilty.
In a statement, Johnston’s employer Rio Tinto said Johnston was “much loved and valued”.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Troy’s family and friends, and we are providing them all the support we can during this very difficult time,” the statement read.
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