A British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali was killed on orders from by his Indonesian wife, French news agency AFP reported Thursday, citing the police.
Robert Ellis, 60, who was also an Australian passport holder, might have been killed for money, police said.
Residents found the decomposing body of Ellis, who had lived on Bali for several years, early Tuesday dumped next to a paddy field, wrapped up in plastic and blankets, the report said.
Julaikah Noor Ellis, the victim’s wife, reported her husband missing soon after the body was found. She was later detained and named a suspect in the case.
“Our suspicion towards the wife of the victim was first aroused when some of the victim’s friends said there have been problems between the couple for a while,” detective Wisnu Wardana said.
“After talking to her slowly and kindly for a while, she finally admitted it.”
She was in the house at the time of the killing but told police that she was in her room when it took place, he said.
The boyfriend of a housemaid had carried out the killing, police said. The maid had admitted it took place in Ellis’s kitchen between Sunday evening and Monday morning, they said.
The wife, two maids and the boyfriend were in police custody, while four friends of the alleged murderer suspected of involvement were being pursued by police.
Earlier, the body of an American tourist was found stuffed in a suitcase outside a hotel on the island in August.
The victim’s daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend were arrested over the killing.
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