2 Suspects Arrested in Murder of Japanese woman

Jakarta - Bali police said Wednesday they have arrested two men suspected of involvement in the killing of a 41-year-old Japanese woman at her rental home in the Kuta area.

The two suspects—construction workers who used to work on a construction site near the woman’s house—are being held by police in the Bali provincial capital Denpasar, Kuta Police Chief Detective Dayendra said.

Hiromi Shimada from Saitama Prefecture was found dead in her home on Saturday evening. She was found naked with several stab wounds to the abdomen and her legs were tied with a sarong.

Dayendra said one suspect comes from Lombok, an island adjacent to Bali, and was arrested in the Kuta area on Sunday, while another suspect was arrested in the East Java city of Jember on Monday.

The two were last seen having drinks with Shimada in a nearby coffee shop hours before the woman invited them to her house.

Police found the knife believed to have been used in the murder in Shimada’s house.

Shimada, who has reportedly been living on the resort island for the last 10 years, was about to be deported in January for overstaying her visa.

Shimada’s body was taken to Denpasar’s central hospital Sanglah where it is waiting to be claimed by her family.

In late September, Rika Sano, a 33-year-old Japanese woman, was raped and killed also in the Kuta area. Police arrested the suspected killer in early October.

Via Japan Today