Alleged victim of Perth’s man facing assault charges in Bali rejects compensation agreement

The chances of a quick fix in the latest Bali assault case involving an Australian behind bars in Kuta seem to be fading.

The victim, a taxi driver who was allegedly attacked and hit in the face by a man from Perth, has so far refused to accept the compensation offered and has left Bali to consult with his family in Java.

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It is understood that he will stay in his hometown, in Banguwangi, at least until the weekend, which means that there is no chance that the Australian will be released in the next few days.

Tore Gerard Vincenzo Bempasciuto, a 23-year-old mechanic from Perth, was arrested early Tuesday, accused of assaulting a taxi driver in a fight over a mobile phone.

He has been detained since then at the Kuta police station, named suspect in an assault case involving a prison sentence of two years and eight months.

Mother support

His mother Patricia, who has flown from Perth to support him, left the police station on Thursday afternoon crying.

It occurs when hopes of reaching a quick conclusion of the case fade away with news that the victim is not ready to accept the money offered by Bempasciuto in exchange for abandoning his police report.

And the fact that he went to Java to consult with his family and participate in a ceremony means that it is unlikely that there will be a resolution until next week.

Patricia Bempasciuto leaving the Kuta police station today crying after visiting her son.
Patricia Bempasciuto leaving the Kuta police station today crying after visiting her son. Credit: 7News

The lawyer Daniar Trisasongko, who is on the team representing Bempasciuto, said that until now no peace agreement had been reached with the victim.

This is Bempasciuto’s only opportunity to avoid a criminal trial and possible imprisonment.

Daniar said the victim had not yet responded to the offer of the legal compensation team for his physical injuries, shattered cell phone and compensation for free time at work.

But he refused to discuss how much money the driver had offered the driver.

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‘(The victim) will argue and think with the family.’

It has been revealed that the victim, Saipul Nurokhim, traveled from Bali to his hometown in East Java, to consult his family and any decision now depends on whether or not to accept money to abandon the case.

Daniar said the legal team had discussed the case in detail on Wednesday with the victim, but Bempasciuto had not met or had any conversation with the taxi driver.

“(The victim) will argue and think with the family,” Daniar said.

In the video below: Perth’s mother desperately goes to Bali to try to free her son

Tore Gerard Vincenzo Bempasciuto is being held in Bali, accused of hitting a taxi driver in front of a nightclub.

The victim, Saipul, has indicated that he would forgive Bempasciuto.

“As a creature of Allah, we must forgive each other. We can forgive other people. However, above other things, we will see later,” Saipul said.

Pressed on whether he would forgive the Australian, he said: “Yes. As human beings, we should (forgive). But what follows, we’ll see.”

Assault on disco

It is alleged that Bempasciuto assaulted the taxi driver Saipul, allegedly hitting his head and hitting him in the face, at approximately 4.15 in the morning outside the LXXY nightclub in downtown Kuta.

It is alleged that the telephone and belongings of the Perth man were stolen inside the Bounty nightclub and that he believed he was the 43-year-old taxi driver who had been following him and who was confronted outside for the robbery.

    The alleged assault took place outside the LXXY Bar in Legian.     The alleged assault took place outside the LXXY Bar in Legian.
The alleged assault took place outside the LXXY Bar in Legian. Credit: Google

After the alleged incident, which was captured by CCTV, Bempasciuto and a woman with him fled the scene, chased by an angry crowd and took refuge in a minimart until the police arrived.

Ferndale’s man was arrested and taken into custody.

The woman who was with him was fired, but police say she could also be named a suspect, since it is alleged that she was also involved in the assault.

More at She understands from sources that she fled from Bali and returned to Perth.

The head of the Kuta police crime section, Putu Ika Prabawa, says the investigations continue and that if she is named a suspect and has already left Bali, she will seek help from the Australian Federal Police.


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