British father-of-two, 48, ‘is stabbed to death by his Indonesian girlfriend in Bali while on video call with his step-daughter and ex wife in the UK’
- Matt Harper, 48, was stabbed to death inside his home in Bali in Indonesia
- He was allegedly attacked by his partner Emma Pakpahan, said to be in her 40s
- Pakpahan told police he had locked himself in his home and killed himself
A British father-of-two has allegedly been stabbed to death by his Indonesian girlfriend while on a video call to his family back in the UK.
Matt Harper, 48, was allegedly attacked by his partner Emma Pakpahan, believed to be in her 40s, inside his home in Bali, Indonesia.
It is understood he had been speaking to his step-daughter and ex-wife on a video call when the attack occurred.
Mr Harper worked for luxury hotel firm Karma and had been seeing Pakpahan since last July, according to friends – some of whom described her as ‘psycho’ and accused her of being a serial scam artist, reported the Sun.
They said the Indonesian woman – who has US citizenship from a previous marriage – is accused on local Facebook groups of conning foreigners out of tens of thousands of pounds.
It comes after she told investigators that Mr Harper had taken his own life – showing them video footage she had recorded of him dying on the floor moments after her suspected attack.
She told police that he 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.’
When Mr Harper’s death became public, Pakpahan uploaded a bizarre video of herself on social media, thanking friends and family for their ‘support’.
Marr Harper, 48, was allegedly attacked by his partner Emma Pakpahan, believed to be in her 40s, inside his home in Bali, Indonesia (pictured together)
Friends said they had feared for Mr Harper’s safety for several weeks, alleging that Pakpahan (pictured) has been accused on local Facebook groups of being a serial scam artist who has preys on foreigners and cons them out of tens of thousands of pounds
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.
‘Please don’t believe anything until a statement comes out from the police department.’
Bali police have arrested her on suspicion of murder.
Matt’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 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.’
Other friends said they had feared for Mr Harper’s safety for several weeks, alleging that Pakpahan has been accused on local Facebook groups of being a serial scam artist who has preys on foreigners and cons them out of tens of thousands of pounds.
Mr Harper is believed to have arrived to Bali in February 2020, where he often uploaded videos detailing his ‘dream’ life on the island.
A Foreign & 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.’