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An American murders his girlfriend’s mother: for being unhappy about daughter’s pregnancy

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Updated: 10:49 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 | Published: 10:41 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 |
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Tommy Schaefer, 21, an American has been arrested and jailed for 18 years, for brutally murdering his pregnant girlfriend’s mother. He has murdered her and has stuffed her body into a suitcase outside a luxury hotel on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Heather Mack’s (wife of Schaefer) verdict was delivered in the Denpasar District Court late on Tuesday, shortly after her boyfriend and the father of her four-week-old baby girl was also convicted and sentenced to 18 years in jail.

The presiding judge said that Schaefer had been found “legally and convincingly guilty of committing a premeditated murder”. Schaefer escaped a death sentence, but given the maximum term for the premeditated murder in Indonesia.

The died lady’s badly beaten body was discovered in a taxi outside an upmarket resort in Bali. After killing her, the couple from the Chicago area, fled to another part of Bali where police arrested them.

Schaefer confessed to the killing during his trial but claimed he was defending himself during a blazing row with the died, who was unhappy that her daughter was pregnant.

Prosecutors have called for a 15-year jail term for the daughter, who gave birth to a baby girl last month. She is also accused of premeditated murder, and could be handed the death penalty as judges are not obliged to follow sentence recommendations. She maintains her innocence, and her indictment says she hid in the bathroom during the killing.

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