Denpasar Police to launch probe into Aussie man’s alleged assault in Kuta

A picture of Lachie Hunt taken from a GoFundMe page set up for him after he was hospitalized after allegedly was assaulted in Kuta. Photo: Screengrab.
A picture of Lachie Hunt taken from a GoFundMe page set up for him after he was hospitalized after allegedly was assaulted in Kuta. Photo: Screengrab.

Police are launching an investigation into the alleged assault of an Australian man in Bali, after the victim was hospitalized for serious injuries and a fundraiser was set up to cover his medical bills.

Perth-based Lachie Hunt was allegedly assaulted in Kuta last week in an incident that has received widespread coverage by Australian media. Details about the assault are murky, and, according to a GoFundMe page set up for Hunt, the victim could not “remember much” of what happened to him.

“Sounds like he was mugged and bashed pretty good […] I’m in contact with his mum [Melissa Hunt], she’s over there taking good care of him and his injuries are potential fractured back he has bleeding on the brain and he’s pretty banged up all round,” wrote Jarrad Visser, a friend of Hunt’s who organized the fundraiser.

Hunt is reportedly being treated at BIMC Bali.

Another friend of Lachie Hunt, who asked to remain anonymous, told Coconuts that the victim had no memory of the incident, and so those close to him are still unsure of what happened to him.         

“It could be so many different things that happened,” the friend said.

Denpasar Police Crime Investigation Unit Chief Mikael Hutabarat was quoted by Radar Bali as saying that his department would look into the case. The local news outlet reported that Hunt was assaulted last week in Kuta while he was on holiday.

“We will confirm it,” Mikael said.

Per this article’s publication, AUD23,188 (US$16,206) has been raised for Hunt, just short of the fundraiser’s AUD30,000 (US$20,968) goal.



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