Killer’s ‘inexcusable’ act after he bashed Aussie dad to death in Bali

I Gede Wijaya jailed in Bali for killing Troy Scott Johnston

  • Bali bar owner sentenced to 18 months in prison
  • He killed a Perth tourist after a night of drinks
  • The bar owner was urinated on during the altercation

An Indonesian bar owner who bludgeoned an Aussie tourist to death after being urinated on has been jailed for just 18 months.

I Gede Wijaya, 39, was drinking alcohol with Perth man Troy Scott Johnston, 41, on February 23 when he struck the Aussie with a metal bar stool.

The two were reportedly drinking together when Mr Johnston, who was holidaying with family, urinated on Wijaya’s leg.

Wijaya, owner of Uncle Benz Cafe in Badung where the incident took place, picked up the chair and hit him over the head with it.

He fled the scene before eventually being arrested.

I Gede Wijaya, 39, (pictured) has been sentenced to 18 months in a Bali jail after killing Perth man Troy Scott Johnston, 41, with a metal stool in February

Mr Johnston (pictured with wife Ni Nyoman Purnianti) had been drinking Arak with Wijaya before allegedly becoming inebriated and urinating on the bar owner and cocktail expert

Wijaya told officers that after urinating on him, Mr Johnston began throwing glasses and attempted to strike him with a chair. 

Appearing in Denpasar District Court in August, Judge Gede Putra Astawa said that although the accused may have initially acted in self-defence, he had left the victim for dead. 

‘Leaving the victim alone is inexcusable. The defendant could have called for an ambulance to assist the victim. His self-defence led to someone being injured and losing their life,’ he said, according to

Judge Astawa found Wijaya ‘legally and convincingly guilty of committing the criminal act of fatal assault’ and sentenced him to 18 months in prison, minus time already served.

Mr Johnston had been holidaying in Bali with his wife, Ni Nyoman Purnianti, and young son when he went out drinking at about 7.30pm.

Wijaya, a cocktail expert, told a police press conference that the pair spent the evening buying each other glasses of Arak, a cloudy white Lebanese liquor.

‘He pay. He treat me. But later, I treat him also,’ he told police.

However, he claimed Mr Johnston drank too much and started throwing bottles and glasses into the street outside.

Wijaya said he tried to calm the Australian down but he punched him in the waist and urinated on his leg, then stumbled outside and collapsed.

‘He peed on my left leg… I tried to tell him to cut it out. But he went inside and threw glass cups at me,’ he said.

‘He was drunk and lost control… I tried to calm him down.’

The court heard that Mr Johnston picked up a bar stool in an attempt to strike Wijaya before the bar owner retaliated, striking Mr Johnston with a metal stool.

Wijaya claimed that he had only done so in an act of self defence, but admitted to fleeing the scene immediately after, leaving the father-of-one in a pool of blood.

Mr Johnston had last been contacted his wife at 10.30pm, and after hours of silence she went out looking for him with her brother.

The pair found Mr Johnston unconscious on the terrace of the bar at 3.45am.

Mr Johnston, who worked for Rio Tinto at its Perth Airport operations centre as an airport controller, died while being rushed to hospital.    

Wijaya claimed that after trying to quell the situation, Mr Johnston began acting violently which led Wijaya to strike him over the head with a metal stool (pictured)

Mr Johnston was discovered by his wife (pictured together) at 3:45am on February 23 in a pool of his own blood at Wijaya's Uncle Benz Cafe in Badung after the bar owner fled the scene

Wijaya, a father-of-one, lost his dad just a few weeks before the incident, and his mother last April.

‘Forgive your arrogant son, mother… best and peaceful place for you by his side… Illuminate the path of your children and grandchildren,’ he wrote online after the death of his mother.

Despite the seemingly light sentence Elizabeth Ghozali, lecturer in criminal law at Santo Thomas Catholic University in Medan, told that it was appropriate.

‘Murder was not his intention. He had already told the victim verbally to stop, so the causality of the offence was as a result of Johnston’s actions,’ she said.

‘The judge did not impose a heavy sentence because the altercation was started by the victim.’

Indonesian police had originally attempted to charge Wijaya with murder but the prosecutor’s office instead opted for a negligence charge instead.

During the police press conference in February, Wijaya expressed regret over killing Mr Johnston, saying that the two men knew each other well. 

‘I knew him very well, so I didn’t have any intention to do that,’ he said.

Uncle Benz Cafe was closed as police inspected the crime scene in the days after Mr Johnston's death


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