British man, Australian woman arrested over murder of police officer in Bali


A British man and an Australian woman have been arrested in connection with the killing of a police officer in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali.

David Taylor and Sarah Connor were arrested on Friday as they were seeking protection at the Australian Consulate in Denpasar, Bali’s capital, two days after the killing of the traffic police officer, Wayan Sudarsa.

Major General Sugeng Priyanto, Bali’s police chief, said statements from nine witnesses led to the arrests.

Sudarsa’s bloodied body was found early on Wednesday on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in Kuta, while Connor’s handbag was discovered nearby.

“A smashed beer bottle and smashed-up surfboard were found near him, we suspect those were used in the attack,” Mr Priyanto said.

Mr Priyanto said he interrogated Connor and she stated that she had been at that location with Taylor but had been drunk and could not remember what happened. She also said her handbag was missing, Mr Priyanto said.

According to female suspect, she admitted that she was drunk at the time. She couldn’t remember all the events that night,” Prayitno said outside Denpasar Police Station.

We haven’t interrogated her further because her memory is still unclear.

He said Connor had told police she was on Kuta beach with Taylor where the two were intimate.

During that time, she said she lost her purse and hurt her arm and leg. No further details were given on she obtained these injuries.

The police chief said Taylor refused to be questioned while waiting for a lawyer.

Yoseph Renung Widodo, Chief of Ngurah Rai immigration office, said both Connor, who entered Bali on Tuesday, and Taylor, who arrived on July 29, have been banned from leaving Bali on police request. 

A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the department was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman in Bali”.

A spokesman for the British embassy in Jakarta said: “We can confirm the arrest of a British national in Bali.”

News Source TelegraphNews

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