By Hannah Osborne
The Indonesian judge who sentenced British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford to the death penalty has died from what appears to be a heart attack.
Amser Simanjuntak was known as the “deadly judge” because he frequently gave out severe sentences in complex and high-profile cases.
The 55-year-old was found at his official residence in Denpasar, where he was a district court judge.
Putu Supama, commanding officer of the East Denpasar police precinct, told Bali Daily that officers had no evidence of foul play, but did not confirm how he died. Police said the case remains under investigation.
Simanjuntak was found on the floor of his living room clutching his chest, the Jakarta Post reports.
Denpasar District Court chief Istiningsih Rahayu said he became concerned for the judge’s wellbeing when he failed to arrive at court on Friday morning.
“That was very strange. Pak Amser was a dedicated and self-discipline person. He would never [have] done this without prior warning or at least a call,” he said.
“His wife called me and said that her husband did not call the family on Friday, which was not his habit. The wife tried to make contact, but the judge was out of reach.”