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Dad ‘murdered by wife’ during call with ex


An Indonesian woman has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her British husband in Bali while he was taking a call with his ex.

A British man has allegedly been murdered by his Indonesian girlfriend in Bali — while he was on a video call with his family in the UK.

Matt Harper, 48, is suspected to have been stabbed by Emmy Pakpahan in the South East Asian tourist hotspot before dying from his injuries.

It is understood the father-of-two had been on a video call with his stepdaughter and his former wife back home, The Sun reports.

Mr Harper, who worked for luxury hotel firm Karma, had been in a relationship with Ms Pakpahan since last July, according to pals.

Ms Pakpahan, who is in her 40s and is Indonesian-born but has US citizenship from a previous marriage, reportedly told police that Mr Harper killed himself.

She showed investigators a video of him dying on the floor of his Bali home moments after her suspected attack on Thursday

Ms Pakpahan filmed the footage herself from outside the property, claiming Matt had locked the doors and intentionally harmed himself.

She sobs in the clip: “I don’t know what’s happened. I don’t know, I don’t know.”

Friends say they were boyfriend and girlfriend but she seemed to suggest they were wed with a “Mr and Mrs Harper” Facebook pic in October.

And in a bizarre video on social media, she films herself thanking friends and family for their “support” after news of his death broke.

She says to the camera: “Naturally I am sad. And if you guys don’t hear from me, it’s not because I don’t want to answer, I need time to process things.

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“Please don’t believe anything until a statement comes out from the police department.”

However, Bali police have arrested her on suspicion of murder.

‘Best father’

Mr Harper’s ex-girlfriend in Bali, Allin Efashion, told The Sun: “I was with him before he got with Emmy. He was a perfect gentleman, a caring and lovely man. He was the love of my life. I can’t believe he’s gone.”

“He was the best father to his two girls and stepdaughter and was loved by many friends in the UK and Bali. May he rest in peace.”

Other friends claimed they feared for Mr Harper’s safety in the weeks leading up to his death.

They described Ms Pakpahan as a “psycho” girlfriend who has been accused on Bali Facebook groups of being a serial scammer who has conned foreigners out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Mr Harper is understood to have arrived in Bali from Gloucester, in south west England, in February 2020. He got a job with the hotel group and often shared videos and pics on social media of his “dream” life on the Indonesian island.

A keen chef, he regularly cooked treats for friends on Bali and even held a “Come Dine With Me” event at a restaurant there last year.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said last night: “We are in contact with the Indonesian police regarding the death of a British man in Bali, and are supporting the family at this difficult time.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission



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