A BRIT father found stabbed to death in Bali had “hallucinations” and appeared “frightened” before he died, his girlfriend has testified.
Matt Harper, 48 years old, from Gloucester, has died of a knife wound at his home on the island of Indonesia as the police conducted an investigation.
His Indonesian-born girlfriend, Emmy Pakpahan, has been questioned by police about the incident and is still under investigation.
Police are probing his death but have said that the current operating theory is that his death was a “suicide” – alleging he stabbed himself multiple times.
But close friends say it will be out of character for father of two Matt, who has been working on the Indonesian island since February 2020, to take his own life.
Pakpahan claims he had a psychotic episode and intentionally harmed himself – saying he was in a state of “fear” after waking up at 3.30am on Thursday.
She told police that she had escaped from their shared villa after he suddenly woke up in the night so she could make a phone call.
When she returned a few minutes later, the door was locked and Matt was writhing on the floor dead, she claimed.
She then filmed Matt’s tragic final moments through the window, sobbing on film: “Oh my god, my god. I don’t know what to do, I don’t know how.”
Pakpahan, 43, told Indonesian police: “After Matt woke up, he didn’t speak clearly and was talking to himself.
“I was scared by the way he was acting because he was so scared and hallucinating.
“I went out and called Matt’s stepdaughter in the UK, and while I was still on the phone, I tried to get in but found it locked from the inside.
“I called a neighbor trying to get in and found Matt lying with a knife on the floor, still breathing.”
Matt was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards, police said.
Pakpahan’s version of events contradicts local reports from friends that say Matt, who works for luxury hotel group Karma, was on a video call with family in the UK when he was attacked. .
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
Police chief Mr. Surawan told The Sun: “Mr Harper had injuries to his neck and abdomen from a sharp weapon.
“We are still investigating and interviewing several witnesses, including Ms. Pakpahan.”
A close friend in Bali said: “It’s not true. He was in good spirits the day before the incident.”
And one of Matt’s ex-girlfriends told The Sun: “I was with him before he dated Emmy. He is a perfect gentleman, a caring and lovely man. He is the love of my life. I can’t believe he’s gone.
“He texted me just days before his death, saying he hated Emmy because she ruined his life – and he was so sorry he left me.
“He is the best father to his two stepdaughters and is loved by many friends in the UK and Bali. You can rest in peace.”
Other friends revealed that they feared for Matt’s safety in the weeks leading up to his death.
They describe Pakpahan as a “psychic” girlfriend who has been accused on Bali Facebook groups of being a serial scammer who has defrauded foreigners of tens of thousands of pounds.
Matt is said to have arrived in Bali in February 2020. He gets a job at a hotel group and often shares videos and photos on social media about his “dream” life on the island. Indonesia.
An astute chef, he regularly cooks dishes for friends in Bali and even hosted a “Come Dine With Me” event at a restaurant there last year.
A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said last night: “We are in contact with Indonesian police regarding the death of a British man in Bali, and are supporting the family at the time. this difficulty”.
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