Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Tribute to Briton killed in Bali

A British teacher has been found dead at a villa on the Indonesian island of Bali
A British teacher has been found dead at a villa on the Indonesian island of Bali

The brother of a British woman believed to have been murdered on the Indonesian island of Bali have paid tribute to a "courageous and passionate" teacher.

Anne-Marie Drozdz, 49, originally from Hinckley, Leicestershire, was found in the villa where she was staying in Ubud on Thursday afternoon.

Gregory Drozdz said the family had been told his sister, a Bristol University drama graduate, had gone back to her villa and there had been "some kind of scuffle involving a burglary".

Speaking from his home in Hinckley, the 55-year-old said his family was consumed with "overwhelming grief".

He said: "We were contacted by the Foreign Office on Friday. They told us it appeared my sister had gone back to her villa in Bali and that there had been some kind of scuffle involving a burglary.

"My brother had only spoken to her by email a few weeks ago and she seemed very happy. I had sent her birthday greetings for her 49th birthday on April 29.

Mr Drozdz said: "It's gut-wrenching. You never expect it's going to happen to you and your family. It has left us raw, bewildered and confused."

He said his sister, who was born and grew up in Hinckley, had been a supply teacher in the town, but had felt her "true vocation was overseas".

He said she had just finished a five-year contract in Vietnam, having previously taught in Namibia, Colombia, Vietnam and Turkey over the last 14 years.

"She liked the Far East and felt very much at home there. She was well travelled, experienced and clearly able to weigh up the risks of living in a foreign country."

He said she had gone to Bali to set up a social enterprise to help improve young people's lives.

"In Bali she had found a project she could throw herself into. She was very happy about going. She was starting a new chapter in her life with everything panning ahead of her."

He added: "She was courageous and passionate. Where she taught and the pupils she taught were critical to her. The people meant a great deal to her.

"She was intelligent, free-willed and independent. She was very much a free spirirt. To have that life snuffed out in a matter of moments is adding to our grief."

The Jakarta Post said a Bali man had been arrested in connection with her murder.

The newspaper said initial inquiries by Bali police showed the murder might have been linked to a robbery.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office would not confirm any details but said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Bali and are providing consular assistance to the family."

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