DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) – The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday.
Robert Ellis, 60, who was also an Australian passport holder, was killed on instructions from his Indonesian wife, they said, with one suspected motive being money.
Residents found the decomposing body of Ellis, who had lived on Bali for several years, early Tuesday dumped next to a paddy field, wrapped up in plastic and blankets.
The wife, Julaikah Noor Ellis, went to the police to report her husband missing soon after the body was found, but she was later detained and named a suspect in the case.
“Our suspicion towards the wife of the victim was first aroused when some of the victim’s friends said there have been problems between the couple for a while,” detective Wisnu Wardana said.
“After talking to her slowly and kindly for a while, she finally admitted it.”
She was in the house at the time of the killing but told police that she was in her room when it took place, he said.
The boyfriend of a housemaid had carried out the killing, police said.
The maid had admitted it took place in Ellis’s kitchen between Sunday evening and Monday morning, they said.
The wife, two maids and the boyfriend were in police custody, while four friends of the alleged murderer suspected of involvement were being pursued by police.