British man ‘killed by girlfriend in Bali’ while on video call with family in UK

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Emmy Pakpaha has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Matt Harper (Facebook)
Emmy Pakpaha has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Matt Harper (Facebook)

A British man was allegedly murdered by his girlfriend in Bali during a video call with his family.

Matt Harper, 48, is believed to have been stabbed to death by Indonesian-born Emmy Pakpahan at their home in the tourist hotspot on Thursday.

Ms Pakpahan has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the suspected attack, The Sun reported.

The father-of-two had been speaking to his step-daughter and ex-wife on a video call at the time of the alleged killing.

Matt Harper regularly showed off his fancy lifestyle in Bali on Facebook (Facebook)
Matt Harper regularly showed off his fancy lifestyle in Bali on Facebook (Facebook)

The hotel boss had been in a relationship with Pakpahan since July last year, friends said.

Pakpahan, who is in her 40s, is alleged to have told police that Matt killed himself.

She showed officers a video of his body laying on the floor just moments after the suspected attack.

She even took footage of herself from outside the apartment, claiming her lover had locked the doors and intentionally harmed himself.

In a video posted to social media following the attack, she thanked friends and family for their “support”.

In the bizarre footage, she said: “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.”

Allin Efashion, who is Mr Harper’s ex-girlfriend, told the paper: “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 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.”

Mr Harper moved to Bali from Gloucester in February 2020. He got a job with luxury hotel firm Karma and often shared videos and pics on social media of his “dream” life on the Indonesian island.

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.”

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