Bali authorities say ‘depressed’ Dutch man smashed minimarket window

Local authorities say that the Dutch man, second from right, might be suffering from depression after he ran out of money. Photo: Istimewa
Local authorities say that the Dutch man, second from right, might be suffering from depression after he ran out of money. Photo: Istimewa

A 26-year-old Dutchman in Bali was apprehended after he reportedly smashed the window of a minimarket over the weekend, with authorities suspecting that he might be desperate and depressed.

“The perp smashed the window of a minimarket on Sunday around midnight, after he was caught he started getting angry for no reason,” Badung Precinct spokesman, I Ketut Sudana, said.

According to a statement from an employee at the minimarket, the suspect identified by his initials FS first came around asking for bread and water because he didn’t have any money. Yet he was told to leave because the minimarket had been closed at that time. When the employee returned on Monday morning, the minimarket window was already broken, and blood trails were found around the spot. In addition, there were two black bags that they believe belonged to FS.

Police suspect that FS might be depressed because he was initially unable to answer questions about his identity or place of residence.

The matter was then reported to the police, with FS later taken to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar due to some injuries, after local authorities coordinated with the Dutch consulate. As of last night, Sudana said that FS is recovering but is not yet able to communicate, without providing more specific details.

Authorities suspect that he may have ran out of money and was therefore loitering. His friends have reportedly paid for the damages at the minimarket. Additionally, Indonesian Immigration and the Dutch consulate are said to be coordinating over FS’ situation.

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