The Byron Bay woman accused of murdering a Bali policeman says she did not see her boyfriend hitting the officer and had no idea he had been badly injured.
Sara Connor said that she knew only that her boyfriend had been in a fight with another man, and that she cut up policeman Wayan Sudarsa’s cards from his wallet to protect him from identity theft.
“That’s what I do with my cards when I throw them away. I hear stories, people steal identities, use that card to buy things or pretend to be that person,” Ms Connor told the court.
Connor was giving evidence in the trial of her boyfriend David Taylor, one week after Taylor testified in her case. Both are accused of murder but are being tried separately.
Taylor has admitted hitting Mr Sudarsa with his fists, a phone, a set of binoculars and finally smashed a beer bottle over his head, but said he was acting in self defence after the policeman attacked him late at night on the beach at Kuta.
Connor said she did not see the worst of the violence because she was distracted by the search for her bag. After court finished yesterday Taylor said he was happy with Connor’s evidence.
“I’m glad she told the truth. I’m glad the truth is finally coming out about this case. It’s not a murder case, it’s a self defence case,” he said.
Connor said she and Mr Taylor were enjoying a night on the beach when she noticed that her bag was missing.
The pair separated and Taylor walked towards a figure at the entrance to the beach while Connor scoured the sand looking for the bag.
“I was looking down, and up, I didn’t notice anything, and when I looked up again (David) was on top of the person,” she said.
Connor said she ran towards the pair to try and separate them.
“I just jumped in between them and pushed David away and fell on top of the other person,” she said. She said when she was on the man’s back Taylor told her “he’s a fake policeman”.
Connor said the man pulled her hair and bit her on the thigh. She finally got away from the man, she said, and started looking again for her bag.
She said Taylor eventually came out from the beach. She said she tried to catch a motorcycle taxi to the police station but the ojek riders would not take her, so the pair returned to their hotel.
Connor said she asked Taylor what had happened.
“He told me about fighting. He thought he was going to die because he had his elbow on his throat. He was clearly still shocked. He told me that when he bit his finger, he bit it nearly off. I said ‘he bit me too’,” she said.
After cutting up the policeman’s cards Connor and Taylor showered, bought cigarettes, and then went to bed. They continued their holiday and then, several days later, Connor turned on her mobile phone.
“There were messages, and ringing … my friends were saying ‘you have to go to the consulate, they found your IDs, they’re looking for you, they found your IDs next to the dead person’,” she said.
“I just couldn’t understand how that happened. They were looking for me? … I was so confused. I couldn’t figure out how the person was dead.”