It’s a story that has made headlines over the world. An Australian woman, a British man and a Balinese police officer found dead on the beach.
We this week saw footage of the accused, Sara Conner, 45, and her boyfriend David Taylor, 34, in orange jumpsuits, recreating the crime scene, being transported to and from the prison. The dummy of the victim – Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa – lay face down in the sand.
Through it all, it’s easy for forget the family and friends of the accused who are also watching on, scared for the person they know and love.
Sara has two sons, aged nine and 11. Her ex husband, Anthony Connor, travelled to Bali to visit her in prison earlier this week.
He held back tears as he faced the media beside his former wife’s lawyer Robert Khuana. He told reporters that Sara’s boys miss her, and that her first question upon seeing him was for a photograph of her sons.
“When I got in there, she was hiding from the media and she was shaking,” he said, according to News Corp. “The first thing she said was ‘have you got photos of the boys?’. She was shaking so much I’m surprised she didn’t tear the photos apart. It was hard.”
“My kids miss their mum, but they are strong. They are amazing,” Mr Connor continued. “They sent a little video to me to give to Sara and every time I see it, it breaks my heart. They’re just saying ‘mum, we love you, come home soon’.”
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Both the Byron Bay woman and her British boyfriend are both being treated as suspects in the alleged murder of the police officer. Sudarsa was found on the beach with 42 wounds to his body, including his head and neck. If charged and found guilty of murder, Connor faces a maximum 15 years in jail.