Bali Murder of Australian: 1.5 Years Jail

The Denpasar Courts have rendered a prison sentence of 18 months for I Gede Wijaya (39) in the murder of Australian expatriate Troy McCallum Scott Johnson (40), who died in a bar brawl on Jalan Belangan in Jimbaran, South Bali, on Thursday, 23 February 2023.

The Chief judge of a three-judge panel, Agus Akhyudi, rendered the sentence of 18 months less time served on Thursday, 24 August 2023. Akhyudi declared that Wijaya had been proven beyond any reasonable doubt guilty of murder as defined under Section 351 Paragraph 3 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP). 

Troy Johnston was beaten to death by a wooden bar stool while on holiday in Bali.

The 18-month prison sentence was less than the three years sought by State Prosecutors. 

Both the Defendant and State Prosecutors now have a limited window of time to decide if they will appeal the Court’s sentence.

Gede Wijaya was found guilty of murdering Troy Johnson at Uncle Benz Warung on Jalan Belangan, Jimbaran, South Bali, at about 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, 23 February 2023. Earlier, on the evening of 22 February 2023 at 8:00 a.m., Johnson brought ten bottles of beer to be shared with Wijaya.

Johnson told Wijaya of his desire to purchase land near the bar on Belangan Beach. Wijaya invited the Australian to inspect a parcel of land owned by a relative. After the two men returned to the warung, they drank more beer. At one point, Johnson threw a beer bottle at a vehicle passing on the adjacent street. Wijaya then intervened, apologizing to a passing motorist whose car had been hit by the thrown bottles of beer and scolded Johnson to cease his disruptive behavior. The drunken Johnson rejected the reprimand by urinating on the leg of Wijaya and exposing his genitals to two customers at Warung Uncle Benz. 

Johnson continued to run amok, rejecting all efforts by Wijaya to subdue his poor behavior. He then took a wooden chair from Johnson and struck the Australian in the head, leaving him unconscious.

Public Prosecutors revealed that a post-mortem blood test on Johnson showed alcohol levels of 1,672.86 ppm, proving the Australian was highly intoxicated. Prosecutors said Johnston died due to being stuck in the head by a blunt object.

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