A female tourist identified as NF allegedly fell victim to a violent assault by an online motorcycle taxi (locally known as “ojol”) driver in Dalung on Monday afternoon. The suspect, known by the initials AHSBP, has been taken into police custody following the incident.
The distressing incident quickly garnered widespread attention across social media platforms. The victim, aged 31, found herself at the center of the unfortunate event.
The 25-year-old driver was apprehended at his residence in the Dalung area. He disclosed to authorities that his actions were driven by frustration, citing NF’s repeated lack of response as he tried to chat with her during the ride.
The North Kuta Police Chief I Made Pramasetia confirmed to local reporters yesterday that AHSBP confessed his crimes to the authorities.
“When we interrogated the perpetrator, he confessed to his actions. He stated he was offended by being repeatedly ignored,” he said.
The incident unfolded when NF engaged the services of an ojol for transportation. She requested to be taken to a prominent food hub in Kerobokan at 3:21pm.
Setting off from NF’s residence in the Dalung Permai Housing Complex, the journey took a grim turn approximately 500 meters in. AHSBP abruptly instructed NF to disembark, accompanied by a sudden outburst.
“She was suddenly told to get off. The accused stopped the motorcycle, ordered the victim to get off, and became angry without any apparent reason,” explained Made Pramasetia.
The driver’s agitation escalated, resulting in a brutal and indiscriminate assault on NF. The relentless onslaught left NF with severe injuries, including wounds to her lips, nose, and left cheek. Additionally, she suffered contusions on her wrist and back.
“The victim was repeatedly struck in the face. She ran away from the assailant to avoid further harm. The ojol driver left the scene,” he added.
Following the traumatic incident, NF promptly reported the assault to the police and underwent a thorough medical examination. Subsequently, AHSBP was apprehended at his residence in Dalung.
“He is currently in custody at the North Kuta Police Station for further investigation,” said the police chief.
Under Indonesian law, AHSBP may face between 2 to 5 years of imprisonment if proven guilty of assault under the Criminal Code.
Meanwhile, ride-hailing app GoJek’s spokesman for East Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara, Yondi Hartanto, confirmed in a public statement that AHSBP has been fired from the company.