Balinese taxi driver who was allegedly bashed by an Aussie tradie demands to meet the 23-year-old to see if he is ‘really remorseful’ before signing peace agreement
- Tore Bempasciuto, 23, from Ferndale in Perth, has been arrested in Bali
- He allegedly punched Saiful Nurokhim at a taxi rank outside the LXXY Bar
- He is said to have run away before hiding in a minimart where he was arrested
Tore Bempasciuto (pictured), from Ferndale in Perth, is accused of punching Saiful Nurokhim at a taxi rank outside the LXXY Bar in Kuta at 4.15am on Tuesday last week
A taxi driver who was allegedly bashed by an Australian tradesman in Bali has demanded to meet him before signing a peace agreement.
Tore Bempasciuto, from Ferndale in Perth, has been locked in a cell in Kuta for six days as he waits for an agreement to be reached.
The 23-year-old mechanical fitter faces up to two years and eight months behind bars if he is found guilty of punching Saiful Nurokhim at a taxi rank outside the LXXY Bar in Kuta at 4.15am on Tuesday last week.
Bempasciuto’s legal team offered the driver money to drop the case last week, but Mr Nurokhim has not accepted the deal.
He wants to meet with Bempasciuto first, to make sure ‘he is really remorseful for his act’.
‘As a human being, we should forgive each other,’ Mr Nurokhim told 7news.
‘I hope that I can meet him first and talk, to make sure that he is really remorseful for his act.’
Bempasciuto’s lawyer Ali Sadikin said it was hoped the pair could meet on Monday before signing the agreement.
There have been a string of assault cases in Bali recently involving Australians, where the alleged attacker has been freed after paying compensation and signing a peace treaty.
Bempasciuto is hopeful the peace agreement will give him his freedom, however, Kuta police have not yet indicated whether that will be enough.
Bempasciuto, whose mother Patricia has flown to Bali to help him, may have a longer wait behind bars.
On the night of the alleged attack, Bempasciuto was partying at Bounty nightclub when he lost his iPhone 11, he told officers.
He apparently thought the taxi driver looked like someone who was following him.
According to a police report, he headbutted the taxi driver and snatched his Samsung phone.
Tore Bempasciuto allegedly punched Saiful Nurokhim (pictured) at a taxi rank outside the LXXY Bar in Kuta at 4.15am
The taxi driver gave chase before a scuffle allegedly broke out.
The police report, seen by 7News, says: ‘The victim tried to chase the perpetrator who grabbed his mobile phone.
‘However, the perpetrator doesn’t give the mobile phone back.
‘He suddenly, it is alleged, hit the victim’s mouth and eye, causing the victim to fall down onto the pedestrian strip.’
Bempasciuto then allegedly ran away, fearing the taxi driver’s friends would retaliate, before he was detained.
Mr Nurokhim was allegedly left with a bloody nose and mouth and pain at the back of his head from hitting the ground.