Bali convict granted early release due to COVID-19 thrown back into prison for alleged marijuana trafficking attempt

Indonesia granted early release for around 30,000 convicts across the country to prevent a surge of coronavirus infections in its overcrowded prisons.

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Balinese man sentenced to 8 years for murdering wife over Facebook post

Balinese man sentenced to 8 years for murdering wife over Facebook post

The Denpasar Court yesterday sentenced a 23-year-old Balinese man to eight years in prison for murdering his wife after a quarrel over her Facebook post. 

Primary school principal in Badung threatened underage victim with nude photos, police say

Primary school principal in Badung threatened underage victim with nude photos, police say

The suspect, identified by his initials IWS, was arrested last month after the victim finally spoke up about the alleged rape.

Denpasar Police arrest New Zealand man for drug possession

Denpasar Police arrest New Zealand man for drug possession

A New Zealand national was arrested last month for possession of shabu (crystal meth), which authorities found in his boarding room in Kuta during the arrest. 

Police arrest 2 men for alleged public assault on Denpasar street

Police arrest 2 men for alleged public assault on Denpasar street

Police in Bali have arrested two men in connection to a viral video showing a group of men assaulting another man on the side of a street in Denpasar earlier this week.

17 y.o. former contestant of The Voice Indonesia arrested for alleged physical assault against her mother

17 y.o. former contestant of The Voice Indonesia arrested for alleged physical assault against her mother

The incident was captured on video and has been circulating widely on social media since yesterday.

Police arrest 2 men in Ubud for alleged money changer scam

Police arrest 2 men in Ubud for alleged money changer scam

According to a statement issued by the police, their money changer business was located on Jalan Monkey Forest.

Primary school principal in Badung charged with statutory rape of former student

Primary school principal in Badung charged with statutory rape of former student

Police in Bali’s Badung regency has named a 43-year-old primary school principal as suspect for the alleged rape against one of his former students.

Construction worker arrested for allegedly stealing tourist’s phone in Canggu

Construction worker arrested for allegedly stealing tourist’s phone in Canggu

A construction worker who has reportedly been on the run after he allegedly stole a tourist’s phone in December has been arrested in North Kuta.

‘These are real muscles, bro’: Bali man assaults another while showing off biceps in viral video

‘These are real muscles, bro’: Bali man assaults another while showing off biceps in viral video

Police in Bali arrested a man, who we can’t help but suspect is a huge gym bro, over a viral video depicting physical assault.


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Coconuts Bali Crime

Our crime section on Coconuts Bali is one of our most frequently updated news beats. Crime is abound in Bali and let’s be real—most of it is non-serious, petty crime that usually has us asking, “What was Mr. X thinking?? Like, really?” Like, why did that teenager think is was a good idea to steal all those chickens from his neighbor and sell them to buy a new motorbike? Or why did that tourist think he could get away with stuffing a bunch of cosmetics from the duty free at the airport into his pants? Crime is also the category of our site that contains the most internationally covered stories. Just every so often in Bali, there seems to be a foreigner (or several who conspire together) that get swept up in international incidents involving murder, corruption, drugs, or all of the above. These stories too often involve Aussies, but hey, not exclusively. Crime is usually not violent in Bali and you will not read about all of scuffles involving weapons, so when they do happen (usually with blades, no guns here), they do get reported on. Oh, and we would be remiss to be discussing crime in Bali and not bring up the “Hotel K” aka Kerobokan Prison, the home to Bali’s biggest and baddest criminals and also the small-time Joes. Overcrowded and supposedly a key component of Bali’s drug trade, the prison often finds its way into our crime section.

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