Husband and Maid Arrested for Gruesome Murder of Wife
A Jakarta man accused of brutally murdering his wife, cutting up her body and disposing of the remains along the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road was arrested by East Jakarta Police on Wednesday.
Benget Situmorang, 36, allegedly beat 32-year-old Darna Sri Astuti to death in their bedroom after confronting her over suspicions she was having an affair, police said. The couple’s argument allegedly turned violent when Darna refused to tell her husband the name of the other man.
“The motive was jealousy,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Putut Eko Bayuseno said. “The husband suspected his wife was having an affair, but his wife did not admit who [she was reportedly sleeping with].”
Benget then used two kitchen knives and a machete to cut her body into seven smaller pieces that were placed in large plastic trash bags, police said. He reportedly asked his maid, Tini, to purchase the bags and help him dispose of his wife’s body.
“After the victim stopped breathing or died, the suspect was confused as he did not know where to throw the remains,” Putut said.
The trash bags were stored in Benget’s home in Kampung Rambutan, Ciracas, East Jakarta, for two days before he allegedly rented an angkot (public minivan) and left to dispose of the remains on Tuesday.
Benget and Tini allegedly dumped the bags along a one-kilometer stretch of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road. According to reports on Kompas.com, Benget threw Darna’s heart and genitals into the Ciliwung River.
East Jakarta Police arrested the man at his home on Wednesday evening. Tini has also been charged in connection with the murder.
Both Benget and Tini face a maximum sentence of death if convicted of premeditated murder.