Robert Ellis murder case: Victim’s brother slams accused killer Noor Ellis

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1THE brother of murdered Australian businessman Robert Ellis has lashed out in Bali at the wife accused of masterminding his grisly murder, vowing to “ruthlessly” pursue his fortune for the couple’s two children.

And David Ellis says she should be jailed for life but he wouldn’t be unhappy if she got the death penalty.

Noor Ellis, also known as Julaikah Noor Aini, was due on Wednesday to testify, for the first time, in her own trial of charges that she ordered and paid for the premeditated murder of her husband of 25 years, known as Bob Ellis. But the case was adjourned until next week before she took the stand.

New Zealander David Ellis had travelled to Bali to watch the trial but did not meet or speak with his sister-in-law as she waited in the Denpasar District Court’s holding cell.

But he told the media that Mrs Ellis’ defences, already foreshadowed, that Mr Ellis deprived her of money and was having affairs as “a pile of absolute garbage”, hitting out at the woman he said had shown no remorse and was now depriving the couple’s children of money. Mr Ellis described her as nasty, belligerent and evil.

Mr Ellis said the couple’s two sons, Peter and John, were now struggling to survive financially and he questioned the validity of a statement, signed by John Michael Ellis and read to the court, where he begs for a light sentence for his mother.

“The witness said that after his father died and his mother was arrested, now the witness and his brother have no one. The witness and the brother cannot continue their study anymore to the higher level as no one can fund it. Thus, the witness begs, if his mother is really involve in the incident of the death of the father, that his mother’s punishment can be light, because his mother has been the backbone of the family. Let alone for education cost, even for food and beverage, the witness and his brother demanded from the mother’s family,” prosecutor, Raka Arimbawa said, reading from the statement of John Ellis.

Mrs Ellis, asked by the Judge if the statement was true, said loudly: “True”.

Outside court, David Ellis said he had not spoken to John about the statement but questioned whether it was fraudulent and John had been manipulated, later saying however that he spoke mostly with Peter not John.

And he said that at one stage Mrs Ellis, who still controls the couple’s fortune, was providing $200 a week to John but nothing to Peter in what he alleged was an “evil” plot to split them up.

“She won’t help the children out with any money. She wants to keep all the inheritance for herself. It is just absolutely horrific … their hopes for the future have been cut off and destroyed. It is their inheritance, it is what their father worked so hard for and she has destroyed it and so what remnants are left belongs to them,” Mr Ellis said of his brother’s fortune, amassed through businesses in Indonesia including telecommunications and property and a dive business.

Outside court, David Ellis said he had not spoken to John about the statement but questioned whether it was fraudulent and John had been manipulated, later saying however that he spoke mostly with Peter not John.

And he said that at one stage Mrs Ellis, who still controls the couple’s fortune, was providing $200 a week to John but nothing to Peter in what he alleged was an “evil” plot to split them up.

“She won’t help the children out with any money. She wants to keep all the inheritance for herself. It is just absolutely horrific … their hopes for the future have been cut off and destroyed. It is their inheritance, it is what their father worked so hard for and she has destroyed it and so what remnants are left belongs to them,” Mr Ellis said of his brother’s fortune, amassed through businesses in Indonesia including telecommunications and property and a dive business.

Prosecutors allege that Mrs Ellis had agreed to pay the five alleged hitmen and her two housemaids a total of about $14,000 or 150 million rupiah for their role in the grisly death of her husband.

Mr Ellis had his throat slashed in the Sanur villa he shared with his wife of 25 years in October last year and his body was then wrapped in plastic and dumped in a rice paddy.

The five alleged hitmen have been arrested, along with the Ellis’ two housemaids, who are alleged to have kept the couple’s dog quiet during the murder.

Three of the hitmen and the housemaids are currently facing separate trials in the Denpasar District Court.

One of the hitmen, Urbanus Yohanes Ghoghi, who has confessed to slashing Mr Ellis’ throat, has already testified that Mrs Ellis provided a towel and pillow to suffocate her husband. But when he struggled they used a knife to cut his throat.

He has testified that when the hitmen met with Mrs Ellis to iron out details she ordered his death but “don’t use a sharp knife” and to close his nose and mouth with a pillow and be “neat”.

The trial was adjourned until next week.