Gloucester businessman Matt Harper died in Bali this week and now police have arrested girlfriend Emmy Pakpahan on suspicion of his murder hours after she told cops he had killed himself
A British man has allegedly been murdered by his girlfriend in Bali while he was on a video call back home to his family in the UK, reports say.
Matt Harper is suspected to have been stabbed by Emmy Pakpahan despite the woman telling police her boyfriend killed himself.
The 48-year-old, from Gloucester, was chatting online to his step-daughter and his ex wife, it is claimed.
Indonesian-born Pakpahan had been in a relationship with the hotel boss since last July, friends said.
It is said she showed police a video of him dying on the floor of the home.
She filmed the footage, claiming the man had locked the doors and intentionally harmed himself, according to The Sun.
The woman can be heard saying: “I don’t know what’s happened. I don’t know, I don’t know.”
But Bali police probing the death weren’t convinced and soon arrested her on suspicion of murder.
Hours before, she uploaded a bizarre video on social media saying she needed time to come to terms with what had happened.
She films herself thanking friends and family and said 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.
“Please don’t believe anything until a statement comes out from the police department.”
A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “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.”
The man’s ex-girlfriend Allin Efashion described him as a “perfect gentleman – a caring and lovely man”.
She said: “He texted me just a few days before he died, saying he hated Emmy because she ruined his life — and he was sorry for leaving me.
“He was the best father to his two girls and step-daughter and was loved by many friends in the UK and Bali. May he rest in peace.”