Cruise Line Crew Member Sentenced on Charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Female Passenger
MIAMI, FLA. (Jan. 8, 2015) — A Holland America cruise line crew member was sentenced to 30 years and five months’ imprisonment, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for his brutal attack and attempted murder of a female passenger.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
On February 14, 2014, Ketut Pujayasa, 29, Indonesian national, brutally attacked a female passenger, CLW, 32, United States citizen. During the attack, Pujayasa, choked, strangled, and beat the victim repeated with various objects. CLW continually attempted to scream for help and resist the violent attack, but Pujayasa was relentless with his assault and attempts to silence her. Pujayasa strangled CLW with several items including a telephone cord and the cord to her curling iron.
The attack continued onto the stateroom’s balcony. While on the balcony, Pujayasa attempted to throw CLW overboard. The violent encounter then proceeded back to the interior of the stateroom where the violent assault continued. Pujayasa rendered CLW unconscious at least once during the attack, at which time he sexually assaulted her. CLW was eventually able to flee her stateroom and run down the corridor until she encountered an unknown passenger who rendered aid.
On September 29, 2014, Pujayasa pled guilty to the attack. He is expected to be deported after serving his sentence.
Passenger told room service to wait a minute “you S.O.B.”; he later returned and attacked her, raped her and attempted to kill her
FROM NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, – A cruise ship worker with murderous intent broke into a passenger’s room then raped, beat and strangled her before trying to throw her overboard, the FBI said.
Ketut Pujayasa, 28, admitted his evil plan to investigators after the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The devilish Indonesian citizen told the FBI he attacked the 31-year-old American after he knocked on her door several times during a breakfast delivery, and she dissed him, saying, “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!”
“Pujayasa stated that the passenger’s comment of ‘son of a bitch’ was offensive to himself and his parents. He was angry and upset the rest of the day,” FBI Special Agent David Nunez wrote in his report, according to the newspaper.
After stewing over the slight for a few hours, Pujayasa planned to punch the woman in the face as revenge.
Instead, and though off-duty, the plotting Pujayasa used a master key to get into the woman’s stateroom and hid on her balcony, where he fell asleep.
When he awoke, the woman was back inside, and he jumped on top of her and began his terrifying attack. He smashed her with a laptop and a curling iron while he beat her. The perv then used the curling iron cord and phone cord to choke the woman and silence her screams, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The woman bit the twisted attendant’s hand “then continued to fight for her life by all means available including striking Pujayasa’s exposed genitals as well as utilizing a corkscrew in an attempt to stab him,” Pujayasa reportedly told the FBI.