A Whopper of a Mistake!

18-Year-Old Australian on Holiday in Bali Could Face 5 Years in a Bali Prison for Striking a Security Guard at a Burger King Restaurant.

An 18-year-old Australian man from the Sunshine Coast is in police custody in Bali after attacking a uniformed security guard in the wee hours of Friday, November 29, 2019, at the Burger King Restaurant located on Jalan Legian in Kuta, Bali

As reported by Radar Bali, Zac William Whiting was taken into custody by police from the criminal division of the Kuta police after he assaulted a guard at 2:45 am. He was arrested at his accommodation address of the Kuta Town House Hotel on Jalan Poppies in Kuta, a short distance from the scene of the crime.

The head of the Kuta Police Precinct, Rick Fadlianshah said the Australian youth was arrested after police received a formal complaint filed by the security guard, Adni Junus Liu originally from Rote, NTT, but now living on Jalan Mertasari Gunung Kubu in Kerobokan, Bali.

 

 In a criminal complaint filed with the police, Adni said he was sitting at his post in front of the Burger King when he heard a commotion at 2:45 am. He subsequently found several foreigners, including Whiting, arguing with a motorbike chauffeur over a missing handphone.

In his capacity as a security guard, Adni Junus Liu scolded the foreign visitors to stop bickering in an area he is charged to maintain in good public order.

Police said a short time later, Whiting returned to the restaurant to ask the security guard about his missing handphone. When Adni said he had no information regarding the man’s missing phone, Whiting and a companion became angry trying to compel the guard to take responsibility for the missing phone by striking the man’s face repeatedly with closed fists. The guard required 3 stitches to close the wound over his left eye, a scar he will bear for years to come.

As a result of the assault, Adni suffered cuts and abrasions to the left side of his forehead which police have documented with a formal forensic review at a local hospital. Police have also taken statements from witnesses and are reviewing CCTV footage.

Whiting is being held under Section 352 of the Criminal Coder (352 KUHP) which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.

Based on similar incidents in the past, police will refer the case and evidence file to State Prosecutors for trial unless Whiting can persuade the security guard to accept an apology and, perhaps other compensation, in order that the police complaint could be withdrawn.

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