A woman in Bekasi, West Java will be facing jail time for murdering her husband’s mistress in a deadly love triangle case that shook Indonesia.
The suspect, 26-year-old NU, found out about the affair between her husband, 27-year-old ID, with DN, who’s also 26, through the discovery of “intimate chats” on his phone. NU was angered when she read that ID promised DN, who worked as a janitor at a bank, to divorce her so that they could be together.
“The suspect felt hurt and has a grudge against the victim, because the victim had a closer relationship with her husband compared to the suspect,” Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Endra Zulpan said yesterday.
Zulpan said that NU had warned DN to stay away from her husband. However, the victim ignored her warnings and they still carried on with the affair — which pushed the suspect to plan out the murder.
NU then “trapped” DN by asking her to have a bukber (short for buka puasa bersama, which means breaking-of-the-fast gathering) using ID’s phone, introducing herself as her husband’s niece. They made an appointment to meet at a bus stop near recreational park Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in East Jakarta on April 26.
NU carried out the murder in Bekasi City’s Jatisampurna district, West Java by hitting DN’s head five times from behind using a blunt object she had brought from home. NU then stabbed DN with a sharp weapon, including in her neck, killing the victim.
In an attempt to cover her tracks, NU changed DN out of the blue janitor uniform she was wearing at the time of the attack with clothes that the perpetrator had prepared. NU then disposed of DN’s body, which was later found on May 1 on the bank of Cikeas River in Jatisampurna.
According to Zulpan, NU didn’t attempt to flee after killing DN. Police tracked the closest people who last interacted with DN before she was missing, which included ID, prompting them to come to the couple’s home in Cipayung, East Jakarta.
After the police questioned ID, NU appeared unsettled and ended up confessing to him that she killed DN. She then turned herself in to the Cengkareng sub-precinct and was arrested in the middle of this month.
“She realized the consequences of her actions and violating the law. When I asked her how many years [she would spend in prison], NU answered ‘20 years,’” Zulpan said, implying that the suspect was well-aware of the minimum punishment for premeditated murder in under Indonesian law. Premeditated murder is also punishable by the death penalty.
NU, who’s currently detained at Bekasi City Police, expressed to the authorities that she regrets having committed such an atrocious crime.