Briton allegedly murdered by his 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 taking a call with his ex.

A Briton was allegedly murdered by his Indonesian girlfriend in Bali – while on a video conference with his family in the UK.

Matt Harper, 48, is believed to have been stabbed by Emmy Pakpahan in the Southeast Asian tourist hotspot before dying of his injuries.

It is understood the father-of-two had a video call with his daughter-in-law and ex-wife at home, The sun reports.

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

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

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

Ms Pakpahan filmed the footage from outside the property herself, claiming Matt had locked the doors and intentionally injured himself.

She sobs in the clip: “I don’t know what happened. I don’t know, I don’t know.

Friends say they were boyfriend and girlfriend, but she seemed to suggest they got married with a ‘Mr. and Mrs. Harper’ Facebook photo in October.

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

She says to the camera: “Naturally, I am sad. And if you haven’t heard from me, it’s not because I don’t want to answer, I need time to process things.

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

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

‘Best Father’

Mr Harper’s ex-girlfriend in Bali, Allin Efashion, said The sun: “I was with him before he was with Emmy. He was a perfect gentleman, a caring and lovely man. he was the love of my life. I can’t believe he’s gone.

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

Other friends said they feared for Mr. Harper’s safety in the weeks leading up to his death.

They described Ms Pakpahan as a “psycho” girlfriend who has been accused on Bali’s Facebook groups of being a serial con artist who has defrauded foreigners out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Mr Harper is believed to have arrived in Bali from Gloucester, South West England, in February 2020. He got a job with the hotel group and has often shared videos and photos on social media of his “dream” life on the Indonesian island.

A keen chef, he regularly cooked treats for friends in Bali and even hosted a “Come Dine With Me” event at a restaurant last year.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said last night: ‘We are in contact with the Indonesian police regarding the death of a Briton in Bali and are supporting the family at this difficult time.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission


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