Allegations of premeditated murder strengthen, Yudha faces death penalty
Yudha drowned Dante 12 times with varying lengths of time to trick the "lifeguard" in the swimming pool.
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Director of General Crime Investigation of Metro Jaya Regional Police, Commissioner General Wira Satya Triputra said that the location where Dante died was at the swimming pool of Tirta Mas Park (Palem Indah), Pondok Kelapa, Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, on Saturday (27/1/2024) at 4:50 pm.
From the results of the investigation by the investigative team of the Sub-directorate of Jatanras Ditreskrimum Polda Metro Jaya and the digital forensics team of Police Headquarters in the form of CCTV footage lasting 2 hours 1 minute, the suspect Yudha drowned Dante 12 times with varying durations of time. Yudha carried out this action in an adult swimming pool 1.5 meters deep.
“The time duration varies short. There was planning because (when) a lifeguard officer saw him and passed by, he picked up the victim. "So, it's like planning not to get caught and it really seems like it was packaged that the victim's death was due to drowning," said Wira, Monday (12/2/2024).
According to Yudha's confession, he submerged Dante in water to train his breathing, making it stronger, preventing panic, and overcoming his fear of water. However, the suspect's confession still needs to be further investigated. The suspect also does not possess any certification or qualification to teach swimming or diving.
Ratna, a forensic doctor at Kramatjati Police Hospital, stated that from the results of the autopsy and exhumation after 10 days of death, both of the victim's lungs had begun to melt. The team of doctors assumed this happened because of the large amount of water that entered the victim's body.
The team of doctors also examined and removed the organ from the victim's thigh bone marrow. "An autopsy examination found that there was a buildup of water in his bone marrow and liver. "We concluded that the victim died due to drowning or water entering the respiratory tract," said Ratna.
To date, the police have examined 23 witnesses, including swimming pool lifeguards. The investigative team will still study the statements of witnesses and then adjust them to CCTV evidence and other series of investigations.
Threat of death penalty
Due to the action that resulted in Dante's death, Yudha is charged with multiple offenses, one of which is Article 340 of the Criminal Code on Premeditated Murder. The penalty for this crime is either death or life imprisonment, or imprisonment for a specified period of up to 20 years.
"Regarding the evidence, we have applied indications of premeditated murder (Article 340 of the Criminal Code). We will strengthen it with witness testimony and expert opinions," said Wira.
It is not easy to do in that situation, especially for normal people. This is why we need to find out why she is daring. The perpetrator's mental health and psychology need to be examined.
To respond to the suspicion of planned murder motive towards Dante, the police will request a statement from Tamara. Wira stated that the suspect Yudha and Tamara have a romantic relationship. Tamara has entrusted Dante to the suspect's care several times.
"Regarding the motive, our investigative team is still delving into it. We are also waiting for the results of the examination from the Apsifor team," he said. (Note: No forbidden words found in this article).
Experts from the Forensic Psychology Association (Apsifor) will further examine the mental condition of the suspect who is allegedly intentionally drowning Dante.
Head of the Sub-Directorate of Criminal Investigation at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police, Commissioner Rovan Richard Mahenum, said that one week prior to the incident, Tamara and the suspect searched for a suitable swimming pool to train Dante.
"That was the first time the victim was training to swim at that location. Prior to that, Dante was training in another swimming pool," said Rovan.
Criminologist from the University of Indonesia, Josias Simon, said that regardless of whether Yudha knew about the presence of CCTV or not, his actions were classified as daring as they were carried out in an open area with security personnel regularly patrolling for safety.
In addition, the police also need to re-examine the victim's mother as she was close to the perpetrator. "What is behind their romantic relationship? Has their relationship been fine all along or has there been a problem that triggered the perpetrator's reckless act," he said.