Perth dad Matthew Arai speaks from Bali jail following arrest
Bali Police have rejected a Perth father’s version of events and have accused him of bashing a nightclub security guard in Kuta.
Matthew Arai, 38 said he was arrested for accidentally knocking a local man off his scooter, while trying to hail a cab outside the Bounty nightclub on Sunday morning.
However, Kuta Police Chief Ricki Fadlianshah claim Mr Arai bashed the victim, a security guard at the Sky Garden Nightclub, in a parking lot.
“The victim walked to parking area,” he said.
“He met the suspect, and suddenly suspect punched the victim."
Mr Arai said Kuta police threatened to charge him with attempted murder if he doesn’t pay $10,000 in compensation to the victim.
Speaking to 9NEWS via text message from his jail cell, the Clarkson father said he “clotheslined” the victim accidentally, as he drove past on a scooter.
“The locals mobbed me,” he said.
“They attacked me and I didn’t fight back.”
Mr Arai also claimed he has internal groin and stomach pain and hasn’t been allowed medical attention since his arrest.
“Conditions are bad,” he said.
“I’m celled with three locals and we have to urinate in to plastic bottles.”
“It smells of urine and I’m drenched in sweat.”
Police Chief Fadlianshah said Mr Arai was arrested at the Mercure Hotel in Kuta on Sunday morning.
He said the suspect admitted striking the victim.
“He also admitted he was drunk.”
If found guilty of assault, Mr Arai could be facing up to five years in a Bali prison.
The 38-year-old lives in the Perth suburb of Clarkson and works in Broome as a security supervisor on a mine site.
He travelled to Bali with his fiancé and daughter for a relatives wedding, and was due to fly home on Sunday.
Mr Arai is not an Australian citizen.
The New Zealand Embassy is providing assistance to Mr Arai.