The crime started with the room service attendant using his master key card to enter the passenger’s cabin.

As reported by the Sun Sentinel, when the woman returned to her cabin for the next 30 to 60 minutes, the Holland America Line attendant Ketut Pujayasa beat and choked the woman. He tried to snap her neck, broke teeth in her face, knocked her out, choked her with a telephone cord, sexually abused her and tried to throw her off her balcony into the ocean.

The Sentinel wrote that the victim said crew member Pujayasa "spoke not one word" and was deathly Ketut Pujayasacalm "not frantic or fumbling" as he repeatedly assaulted her.  She thought she was going to die, The newspaper reports that the victim suffers from "post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and cannot be left alone for more than a few minutes."

Federal guidelines suggest punishment of 14 years to 17.5 years in prison, but prosecutors requested  U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez to jail Pujayasa for 30 years.

The judge sentenced Pujayasa to 30 years and five months in jail.


Here’s our article last February: Holland America Line Crew Member Raped Passenger & Tried to Throw Her Overboard.

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  • Baltazar A. Rafales

    “Federal guidelines suggest punishment of 14 years to 17.5 years in prison, but prosecutors requested U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez to jail Pujayasa for 30 year. The judge sentenced Pujayasa to 30 years and five months in jail.”

    So that’s it? How about the victim… “RESTITUTION”? How about the counterpart of Holland America Line Inc. as Pujayasa Employer?


    As an employer you should know that when you hire someone to work for you, you are making a contract with him. Usually your agreement is not in writing, but in the eyes of the law it is just as binding as if it were. In general, you will have an understanding with the employee that he is going to do his work at a specified wage for a given number of hours.

    When a contract is signed, both you and the employee can be held to it. The employment contract should state whether the employee is to be paid by the hour, the week or the month. It should give you the right to discharge him for cause. It should indicate the term of his employment and set forth his duties and obligations.

    Even though the contract says nothing about termination of employment, you may, if you have good cause, fire an employee before the period of his employment is completed and not be responsible for any wages that he would have earned after the date of his termination. Acceptable causes include habitual disregard of your instructions, purposeful disobedience, dishonesty and immoral conduct. If your employee quits without good reason, you are generally required to pay his salary up to the time he leaves. But you may deduct from his wages any loss you suffer as a result of his going if left without good cause.

    It sometimes happens that an employer hires someone to work for him without specifying the amount he will pay. In such cases the courts say that there is an implied understanding that the worker will receive the payment usual in that area for someone with his degree of skill. On the other hand, if a person says he will do some work for you free, he is not entitled to payment if he later decides to ask for it.

    Local customs affect the conditions under which an employee is hired. If it is customary in your business to give employees one or more weeks of vacation in their first year, then your employee has a right to expect such a vacation unless you inform him otherwise when you hire him. If other local businesses usually close down during a bad snowstorm but still give the employee his full pay, your employee has a right to that time off with pay. The law assumes that the employee is hired under the conditions common to the area unless there is an understanding to the contrary.

    You must take all practical measures to ensure the safety of people who work for you. You have to provide them with safe working conditions, see to it that they have the proper tools to do their work and make sure that they are warned about possible dangers. If they have to work with other people on whom their safety may depend, you must make certain that those other are reliable and competent in their duties.

    The relationship of employer and employee closely resembles that of principal and agent (see section 393). You hire an employee to do a job under your direction. At times, however, he acts as your agent – for example, when he is authorized to make purchases for your business. When he acts in this authorized capacity, you are obligated by his action and are responsible for purchases or other commitments that he makes.

    You are also liable to pay compensation if your employee, in the course of his work, is guilty of negligence, causing someone to sustain injury or loss. If, for instance, an employee negligently damages a television set that he repairing in your shop, you are liable to the owner for the amount of the damages. However, you are not responsible for acts that an employee commits outside the course of his employment. Suppose that you send your truck driver to make a pickup at a plant in the middle of town. Instead of proceeding there directly, the driver goes far out of his way to do an errand for his wife. On the way he collides with another vehicle and damages it. In this instance, because he was not following your instructions when the accident occurred, he, and not you, is liable. But if he had followed your directions and the accident had occurred as he was approaching the plant, the liability would be yours. (For a full discussion, see section 37.)

  • gus

    i work with holland america for 2 years
    this cruise line for me basicly isnt good
    salary is to low
    and employe work like a slave

    i think this guy are stressed
    and trying to raped that women
    next time comapny must also entertain crew
    by providing them slut or something like that

  • tinikini

    I am glad to see that the judge gave him double time, that way he is sure to spend 15 years behind bars. Hopefully the parole board will see that he spends the entire sentence. With that being said however, seeing that he admitted to everything, they should have given him the death penalty, with no right of an appeal, then shipped his body back home. Far less money spent by the tax payers to put and end to it. Why should Americans have to pay to house the cruise line’s criminals that they bring on board and the ones they create???

    Holland America should have to pay restitution to the victim since they are the hiring partner and responsible for him while employed on the ship. It really doesn’t make any difference if he was on the clock or off the clock. He was still on the ship and therefore Holland America is still responsible for him and his barbaric actions.

    Holland America creates the atmosphere in which their employees have to endure…poor wages, long hours, bad food, poor living quarters, etc… they must be held accountable when one of their employees snap. When you cannot or won’t conduct proper background checks on employees, this is the mixed bag you will get.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim. No one can begin to know the horror that you have been through. I hope that one day you will find peace.

  • Ian Johnson

    Seriously? Did the above poster “Gus” just suggest that Cruise Lines should provide prostitutes for their crew to keep them “entertained” and prevent them from raping passengers???? WOW! The scary part about that is he’s probably serious!

    I thought this site reviewed posts before they go live? I guess this one slipped through the cracks.

  • Zabe

    @Ian, It’s better not to review and screen posts so we can see what kind of psycho’s are really out there.

  • ASAP

    Wow! This is sad That holland America was not given any penalty by the court. First of all HAL violated all the crew for not advising that they will have a bare naked charter cruise. Crew was not given any choice if they want to be part of that cruise. First time crew like me was cluture shocked because of indecent activities onboard. Hilarious experienced…Crew was also a victim of HAL selfish marketing strategy..