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sfl-ketut-pujayasa-20140218Fort Lauderdale, Florida — A cruise worker aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam admitted to beating, raping and then attempting to throw a passenger overboard from her cabin’s balcony.

According to the victim’s report, Holland America cruise line employee Ketut Pujayasa, 28, appeared in her darkened room in the middle of the night and punched, strangled, and raped her.

Objects he used in the assault included a curling iron, a laptop computer, and a phone cord. She reportedly lost consciousness at least once during the incident. Prosecutors say the attack left her “covered in blood from head to toe.”

Pujayasa joins a long list of other people who seem to be trying to show the world that Florida-based crime is a little weirder and more extreme than the rest of the country. . .

The assault happened on Valentine’s Day, and it ruined the holiday for other passengers who don’t find brutal, graphic violence romantic.

According to the FBI’s report, Pujayasa was retaliating against an insult from the victim. After he knocked three times on the victim’s door she said, “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!” This angered the Indonesian citizen so much that he plotted revenge.

His first plan was to locate the woman on the Lido deck 9 and punch in her the face, but he abandoned that plan after realizing the area was too crowded. He then used his company-issued master key to enter the victim’s empty room and hid on her balcony.

When the woman returned, Pujayasa started his assault. He later told authorities he tried to cover up the attack by throwing her overboard. Pujayasa only stopped assaulting the victim because someone was knocking on the victim’s stateroom door.

Pujayasa escaped, naked from the waist down, by jumping from balcony to balcony. When he returned to his cabin, he instructed his cabin mate to call ship security. He was detained on the ship until it reached Port Everglades. Since company policy strongly forbids savage beatings and rape, he was immediately fired.

The victim was taken via air ambulance to a hospital in South Florida. According to the cruise line, Holland America arranged for the victim’s family to fly to South Florida, so they can be with her while she recovers.

>A statement from the company read in part, “We continue to work closely with authorities to understand how this incident occurred and what additional actions we can take to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

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