Wife quizzed over Bali execution

Written By komlim puldel on Selasa, 21 Oktober 2014 | 20.01

Bob Ellis execution-style murder ... Bali police bring the evidence found on and around his body in a paddy field to detectives investigating the killing. Picture: Komang Erviani Source: News Corp Australia

THE wife of a man, with two sons studying in Australia, is being questioned by police after he was found murdered execution style in Bali with his throat cut, his hands and feet tied.

Robert Kelvin Ellis, 60, was found wrapped in plastic at about 8am (11am AEDT) by farmer Putu Giri Susena in a ditch in a paddy field in Sedang Village in the Abiansemal subdistrict of Badung Regency in Bali.

"We have identified the victim. He is an Australian, who lives in a villa in Sanur," said police investigator Wisnu Wardana.

"When found the corpse was wrapped in plastic with a bed cover over the body. The hands and feet were tied up.

"We alleged that there was physical violence to the victim."

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Police later said that Ellis had a UK passport who had lived for some time in Australia before moving to Indonesia.

Komang Suartana, the head of Badung police, said that police were still investigating the case.

"This is a murder case. But we are yet to find the motive. Our investigation team are still conducting the investigation," Suartana said.

Asked if the dead man's wife was a suspect in the case, he said that so far no suspects had been identifiied.

He said that based on security cameras the dead man and his wife Nur were last seen leaving the villa by car at 1.10pm on Sunday.

"After that only Nur was coming in and out of the villa alone."

Staff at the Emerald Villa complex in Sanur, where the couple lived, said that the couple had two sons who both study in Australia.

Staff member Ketut Kastawan said the couple had been living in the villa for more than 10 years.

A wreath of flowers delivered to the villa yesterday said: "To Noor Ellis. Bob was wonderful man. He will be missed by all of us."

Ida Bagus Putu Alit, the head of Sanglah's forensic team, said Ellis' throat was cut three times, with one wound fatal. He also had several bruises around his head.

Ellis, known as Mr Bob, is said to be blonde-haired, 165cm tall, weighing 103kg. There is a surgical scar to the right of the stomach.

Mr Bob is estimated to have died about 18-24 hours before he was found Tuesday.

Police also revealed that they had found a doormat and mobile phone. The phone was found in the ditch.

Wisnu Wardana said there was no report of a missing person.

Ellis' wife, an Indonesian, positively identified his body in Sanglah morgue.

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