| Azlan Othman |
AN INDONESIAN housewife, Herlinawati, 53, was close to becoming a victim of hypnosis in Sukmajaya, a sub-district in Depok, West Java, Indonesia last Thursday.
Three men, who claimed to be from Brunei Darussalam, allegedly approached the woman and tried to hypnotise her by patting her back, Indonesian newspapers reported.
In describing the incident, Herlinawati said she was approached by the perpetrators as she was on her way home.
In the blink of an eye, her back was tapped and in a state of subconsciousness she followed the men into a car.
“Inside the car, the perpetrators said they were from Brunei and wanted to exchange some foreign currencies into Indonesian Rupiah.
“They also claimed that they could double whatever money she owns,” Sukmajaya Police Chief Bronet Kompol said.
Duped by the perpetrators, Herlinawati unknowingly surrendered two gold rings and a watch she was wearing.
“Upon doing so, the perpetrators promised that her belongings would be returned if she gave them the rest of her jewelleries kept at home. The victim was then driven to her house,” Bronet said.
Fortunately the plan failed when the hypnotic trance on Herlinawati disappeared as soon as one of her children patted her back.
“She awoke and screamed. The three men tried to escape. Members of the Public Unit of Indonesian National Police in the area arrested and brought them to a security post,” the police chief added.