The five Bali youths who brutally attacked a Sumbanese student in Denpasar last September, leaving him in such a critical state that he died two days later, have been sentenced to only eight months in prison.
During yesterday’s trial, the five defendants—identified as I Kadek Adi Indrawan, 23; I Gede Jessie Antara aka Dede, 25; I Wayan Ade Andika Putra aka Bojes, 23; I Ketut Agus Sukarja Putra alias Penjor 26; and I Putu Yogi Saputra, 21 by Nusa Bali—were found guilty of violence which resulted in the death of 19-year old Umbu Wedo Gaung Lahallo.
The incident happened on Sun, September 2. at around 00:15am and was allegedly sparked by an accidental motorcycle collision in front of a convenience store on Jl. Raya Pemogan in Denpasar, as per the report by Bali Tribun.
An argument between Lahallo and the other motorist, I Gede Jessie Antara, ensued and eventually things got physical, with the four other men being called to the scene.
The beating that was to follow left Lahallo in intensive care for the next two days, with a severe wound to the right side of his head. According to the source, the families of the perpetrators came to the hospital to apologize, but sadly Lahallo died of his injuries on the evening of Mon, September 3.
Despite criticism about the seemingly lenient sentences, the judges have stood by their decision, citing one of the mitigating factors being the peaceful resolution between the two families.
According to an article by Nusa Bali, the families of the defendant’s had also provided compensation of IDR 60 million (US$4,250), which was used to send the boy’s body back to his hometown in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara.
Upon hearing the verdict, the defendants, through their legal advisors, immediately stated their acceptance.