Second Aussie arrested in Bali over assault
A SECOND Australian man has been arrested and locked up in Bali, facing an assault charge, after being caught on CCTV, allegedly trying to choke a young convenience store operator.
The 36-year-old is seen in a video allegedly putting his hands around the mini-mart staff member's neck while other employees run and call for help.
James Mihaka Nathan was arrested today in Bali and has been locked up at Kuta police station pending further investigation and may be named tomorrow as an assault suspect.
His arrest comes in the wake of the unrelated weekend arrest of a former Sydney man, who faces assault charges after an altercation over car parking with a local family.
That man, James Frederick Doyle, 61, faces a maximum four year jail term if convicted of assault.
James Mihaka Nathan's passport lists his place of birth as Southport in Queensland. Police said the alleged choking incident at a Circle K mini-mart occurred about 3.10am on Monday.
Kuta police crime section chief, First Inspector Aan Saputra, said the victim, 24-year-old Sukardi, was working in a Kuta Circle K store when a foreigner came in and was angry.
He said it was alleged the perpetrator started choking the victim, with his hands around the man's neck, making it difficult for him to breathe.
The full incident was captured on the store's CCTV cameras and show the Australian man in the shop before grabbing the young attendant around the neck.
"The victim is suffering pain in the neck because of the incident."
First Inspector Saputra said that after police viewed the video the Australian was arrested nearby. But he is yet to be named as a suspect, something which will likely happen on Tuesday.
"In the initial interrogation the Australian man admitted that he has committed the assault. He admitted that he has choked the victim with his hands. It is alleged that the perpetrator has done the act because he was drunk," First Insp Saputra said.
He said Nathan may be charged with assault, which carries a four-year maximum sentence.
His detention follows the arrest on the weekend of another Australian, allegedly involved in an unrelated assault sparked by a dispute over car parking.
James Frederick Doyle is now locked up in Kuta police station, where he has been classified as a suspect in an assault case which appears to have been started by claims the local family's car blocked his vehicle in, forcing him to wait 30 minutes until they returned.
Doyle, 61, lists his former address as West Pennant Hills in Sydney but also gave an address in Kerobokan, Bali.
First Inspector Aan Saputra, from Kuta police, said that the alleged incident occurred shortly before midnight on Friday night. A local family had parked their car on the side of the road near Warung Surabi Bandung where they were eating.
He said that after the family finished their meal they went back to their car and the suspect was nearby, ranting and using impolite language.
The victim, Abie Prastyo, 36, ignored him but when the car began pulling out it is alleged that Doyle threw a lit cigarette into the car, endangering the victim's wife and daughter.
His father, Ade Irawan, 58, jumped from the car and confronted the Australian, asking why he had thrown the cigarette into the car. First Insp Saputra said it was alleged that Doyle then hit the victim in the forehead and jaw.
Seeing his father being allegedly attacked, Abie Prasyto, rushed to help and he was also allegedly assaulted and received a split lip and pain to his waist and ribs.
Doyle was arrested later in the evening, near the scene, after the man and his father made a police report.
Doyle is being held in Kuta police station as a suspect on assault charges which carry a maximum four years in jail.
News Corporation understands he has told police that the family's car had blocked access for him to leave in his car and he had been forced to wait 30 minutes for them to return so that he could leave.
The police investigation continues. It appears that Doyle did not know the family. Doyle has lived in Bali for seven years