8 suspects arrested over violent beating leaving university student dead in Denpasar: Report

Denpasar, Bali. Photo: Flickr

Eight suspects have been brought into custody for questioning over the death of a Bali university student who was violently assaulted in Denpasar on Monday.

Umbu Wedo Gaunglahlo was found brutally beaten in front of a minimarket on Jl. Raya Pemogan in Bali’s capital city Denpasar in the early hours of Monday morning. He was rushed for medical treatment, but succumbed to his injuries and died at the hospital.

It was originally believed that the 19-year-old was a convenience store employee, but local media has revealed that the teen was actually a university student and at the store to make a purchase.

“The victim turned out to be a student, not a minimarket employee and was following ospek (student orientation),” Bali Post quoted an unidentified source as saying on Thursday.

“The trigger (of the attack) was a traffic accident,” the source said.

The victim unintentionally crashed into a parked motorbike of a local youth hanging out at the minimarket. This did not go over well. The owner of the bike that Gaunglahlo crashed into, called his friends and together they ganged up on the victim.

Criminal Investigation Unit Insp. Hadimastika confirmed that the suspects have been arrested in connection with the young man’s death and that they are still being questioned.

“We are still developing the case,” Hadimastika told Bali Post.

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