Indonesian boxer linked to New Zealander’s death

Indonesian top-ranked middleweight boxer Andreas Seran has been linked to the death of Sean Headifen in a Bali nightclub.

CCTV footage of the fight shows men beating Sean Headifen and throwing bottles and glasses at him, according to Stuff.

The family is also struggling to raise NZ$8000 to bring the body back to New Zealand.

“Why can’t the Government bring him home and bill us later?” his mum said.

“We just need to get our boy home.”


  1. Stuart Said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    Agreed it is a tragic story, but…

    According to yesterday’s Jakarta Globe the victim and his partner “didn’t have enough money for a cab to the hospital” — It’s about 50,000Rp from Kuta to SOS — so if they couldn’t pay the ambulance fee, why didn’t they just get a taxi — surely she had 50,000 to her name?

    The mother is quoted as saying “Why can’t the Government bring him home and bill us later?” — perhaps she should have asked her son why he didn’t bother with travel insurance.

  2. admin Said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    Yes, there are many questions left to be answered. Maybe taxi drivers wouldn’t want to take someone who was going to get blood everywhere.

    I heard the ambulance wanted 3 million up front for the taxi and for a deposit on the hospital bills.

    I can’t believe the girl just fell asleep herself. You would think sitting with someone on their deathbed would keep you awake.

    They took a risk not spending a bit of money on travel insurance and look where they ended up.

  3. Belinda Harris Said,

    April 17, 2009 @ 1:08 am


    I am Sean Headifen’s Aunty.

    Sarah did not realise Sean was dying that night, she did everything in her power to keep him comfortable, She did everything correct. The family all thank her.

    They were visitors to Bali for a holiday, not there to be murdered.

    She tried to get an ambulance to the hotel but was informed that she had to pay the ambulance drive $390 in cash, not credit card. Travelers are warned not to carry cash in foreign countries in case you are mugged or murdered.

    The media has only spoken part truths regarding this matter, The full and true story is just coming out.

    Please if you do not have anything nice to say, please do not say anything.

  4. admin Said,

    April 17, 2009 @ 1:51 am

    I am sorry for your loss. I am only try to piece together the story from the stories I have read on the internet.

    Only Sarah knows what happened that night.

    I have been living in Indonesia the past couple of months, but have lived in Asia a long time.

    I admit I have traveled at times without travel insurance. I also like a drink. Indonesia is mostly a Muslim country which I think many travelers to Bali forget. Most people are lenient to the ways of foreigners, but if there is trouble, you might not get much respect from them.

    I feel for your family’s loss and since I spend most of my time traveling in Asia, it is constantly on my family’s mind.

    The reason I am interested in the story is that I plan on spending more time here in Indonesia and I am interested in how their medical and emergency services operate. I also hope people realize the importance of travel insurance.

    People want to enjoy their holiday but wherever they go they need to respect the laws and customs of the countries they visit. No one wants to place blame on anyone, but to prevent tragedies like this from happening again, I think we know need to know the events that took place.

  5. joanne Said,

    February 16, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    hi have read thru ur comments regarding the sad loss of the new zealand man i would like to add that i know both of the men that were sentenced for tha assault and both of them are my friends and i know them to be both of very good character and would just like to add that if u plan on travelling outside ur country and having drinks in a niteclub then acting rude and out of control and drunk then unfortunatley yes u will end up on tha wrong side of locals im sorry i feel for ur loss but i also feel for the loss of my friends freedom i live in bali and have known these men 5years and watch as stupid westerners go there and treat the indonesian people like rubbish i am an aborginal female from western australia and live with my partner whom is balinese and im disgusted at how westerners behave when they are there

  6. Sarah Whitburn Said,

    April 3, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

    My name is sarah Whitburn,

    I am Sean Headifens girlfriend.
    Like Aunty Belinda mentioned above, we were there on a holiday – not to have Sean killed.

    ‘I can’t believe the girl just fell asleep herself. You would think sitting with someone on their deathbed would keep you awake.’

    How was i supposed to know that Sean was dying that night? I was also injured and we were both alone in a foreign country – we were scared and did not know what to do. I phoned for an ambulance. Its not my fault the balinese people that answered on the other end were corrupt and figured ‘Oh rich little white girl needs an ambulance, lets milk her for all she has got.’ The money was on Seans credit card and he was unconcious, so how was i supposed to get his pin huh?

    ‘They took a risk not spending a bit of money on travel insurance and look where they ended up.’

    I DID have travel insurance. Didnt make a difference really. All it meant was that I could get an xray at the balinese hospital – but they couldnt even do that right! Over exposed it so you couldnt even see the break! Got re xrayed in New Zealand and Oh Wow! A few broken bones!

    Oh and for the lady ‘Joanne’ above? Your friends are murderous pieces of shit and can rot in hell for all i care. Your friends took our loved Sean away and ruined many peoples lives.

    If you all havent got something nice to say, then dont say anything at all. If losing Sean wasnt bad enough, it doesnt help listening to your petty excuses for killing an innocent human being.

  7. Colleen Said,

    May 28, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    I don’t know if you will ever read my message. I was talking about Sean and yourself to my brother Greg who was visiting my place earlier today. Greg frequently visits Bali and married to an Indonesian lady. Greg was staying at the same hotel as yourself and Sean on the tragic night. One of Greg’s Indo friends came to his room and said that a young women was crying in her room. I’m only sorry he didn’t find you earlier. He said that he had helped you to get help. My brother loves Indonesia and the people, but he couldn’t believe the attitude of the Indonesian police who were standing around smoking and laughing when they attended the hotel where you were staying. Where is the justice? When Greg returned to Australia I think he was still in shock. There is no excuse for throwing glass bowls and holding someone down bashing them 6 to 1. We are sorry for your loss and the traumatic experience you endured that night. Peace, love and happiness

  8. visitor Said,

    February 4, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Dear Sarah,

    I have come across your story and can’t stop the tears from streaming down my face. You are such a brave young woman to continue to live after such a tragedy happened and you did all you could do. I lay in my boyfriend’s arms with my head on his chest and listen to his heartbeat every night. I have no idea what it would be like to lose him. But I am so, so very sorry for what happened to you and Sean. It’s senseless. Tragedies like this make you wonder if there is a god, and how can people treat a life so recklessly? Especially a gang of people against one man who I am sure was trying to defend himself and you at the same time. I just can’t believe this story. It’s horrible. It must have been a nightmare to you. I don’t know how you continue on but this story I feel has changed my life and I will never ever take my love for granted, and I will not spend one minute in his arms not being thankful for him. I can’t stop crying. I can’t believe you had to deal with this all on your own that night, and the next four days in a foreign country. Those people that beat on him I hope will rot in hell where they belong. I hope that you will be able to find love again and live a long, happy and most importantly, peaceful life. You certainly deserve it after going through such hell. I wish there was some way that I could do something to help.

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    October 28, 2011 @ 2:51 am

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  10. Ebon Said,

    November 22, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    What is the latest on the thugs that did this, its like they think they are poilice and had the right to murder somebody. Indo is frigged in its laws when a 14 year old boy is in jail for a bit of weed and bouncers and their mates can kill someone and get support pffft

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