A Holland America Cruise crew member almost murdered a cruise passenger following a minor verbal altercation.
Service attendant Ketut Pujayasa physically and sexually assaulted a female passenger at Holland America Cruise’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. The 28-year-old Indonesia man went to the unidentified 31-year-old American woman’s room to deliver breakfast and knocked three times before the woman responded.
Pujayasa left the food after he heard a female voice yell, “Wait a minute, son of a bitch!” He did not tell his manager about the incident but he did tell authorities. He tried to find the woman later that day and saw her on a deck but decided to leave her alone because it was too crowded.
However, the Holland America Cruise employee then used his master key to break into her room and he started choking and beating her with a laptop, a curling iron or anything else he could find. The woman was able to break free after Pujayasa tried to throw her off the balcony and he left the scene.
The service attendant was placed under guard on the ship after telling his roommate about what happened.
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