The name Andreas Seran is one that very few fans will be aware of, with the former Indonesian fighter only fighting 17 times as a boxer, running up a 10-6-1 (8) record. As well as being a professional boxer Seran also fought as a kick boxer, but his success there wasn't massively notable either.
Despite his career not being notable Seran's name is one that is potentially well known, at least in Indonesia and New Zealand due to one fateful night in April 2009. That was a night that saw one young man being killed in what was a truly regrettable incident all round and caused the Indonesian embassy to apologise the family of Sean William Keith Headifen.
On April 12th at the Bounty Bar in Bali Mr Headifen, aged 22, and his partner Sarah Whitburn, 19, were enjoying a night out, having a holiday and enjoying a break away from New Zealand. Around 2:30 in the morning they tried to make the most of a coupon for a drink. The bartender seemed to refuse them service before they away from the bar, with Mr Headifen knocking over a glass.
According to multiple reports the bartender, Nengah Mustika, then threw something that hit Mr Headifen in the head, with reports suggesting it was either a fishbowl, a glass or a bottle. This ended up causing a serious brawl that saw that resulted in Nani Aplonius Efson Tafui and Mr Seran getting involved, with Mr Seran being friends with the bar's security.
According to quotes attributed to Ms Whitburn "They had his arms held behind his back and the boxer guy was punching him in the stomach, that's where the internal damage was done. I jumped on his [Seran's] back to try and pull him off." Following Seran's attack on Mr Headifen he then swung at, and injured, Ms Whitburn.
Sadly only a few hours later Mr Headifen would pass away from injuries to his head, with a coroner's autopsy showing that he'd been hit so hard on the back of his head that his skull had been forced into his brain.
The barman was sentenced to 6 months in prison, a sentence described as sickening.
Sadly we've not been able to track down any sentencing information in regards to Seran, who was awaiting trial in November 2009, before all news on the story seemed to suddenly end. Given the sentence of the barman however it would seem likely that Seran wasn't given much of a punishment.
Sadly it appears that justice certainly wasn't served for Mr Headifen's untimely, and completely unnecessary death.
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