Indonesia crime reporter 'filed story on man he killed'

After alleged involvement in fatal robbery, journalist rushed off to write story headlined: 'Sadistic, Victim Dies Covered in Blood.'

Indonesia crime reporter 'filed story on man he killed'

World Bulletin/News Desk

The reporter was quick to arrive at the scene of the crime -- perhaps a little too quick.

Police have charged Edison Purba with the fatal robbery of a man, alleging the Indonesian crime reporter and two accomplices dragged the victim from his motorbike in busy traffic and then stole 300 million rupees ($24,800) in cash, according to the Jakarta Globe this week. 

Officers say that soon after the October 28 incident, Purba returned to the crime scene in Pekanbaru city on Sumatra island, took notes and photos of the blood-soaked body, and then filed a story to Bahasa-language website headlined: "Sadistic, Victim Dies Covered in Blood."

In the report, Purba identified the victim as a Mulyono, 58, but stated that the killer and motive were unknown.

City Crime and Intelligence Unit Chief Commander Hariwiyawan Harun told the Jakarta Post: "The assailants could easily be identified because they did not wear helmets."

After one suspect turned himself in, Purba and his accomplices were arrested and charged with violent robbery resulting in death -- a crime that carries a maximum sentence of life.

Harun has said that Purba had previously regularly contacted police for news on crime stories.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Kasım 2014, 17:45