By Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey
The Byron Bay woman accused of murdering a Bali policeman has said she did not kill Wayan Sudarsa and fled the beach because she was scared.
Speaking to media after she appeared in court, Sara Connor said, “I am innocent”.
Ms Connor and her boyfriend, David Taylor, are accused of murdering Sudarsa on the beach in Kuta.
Police allege Mr Taylor bashed Sudarsa to death and accuse Ms Connor of helping at the scene and later to cover up the crime by cutting up the policeman’s belongings and burning bloodstained clothes.
“I was there to separate them and I got attacked. I got scared and left them there,” Ms Connor said yesterday.
Asked if she believed Mr Taylor had committed the crime, she said: “I don’t know, I still can’t believe it. He’s not that kind of guy. He’s not an aggressive person. I don’t believe it.”
Ms Connor has two young boys, aged nine and 11, who are living in Australia.
She said: “I would love to go back to my kids and to Australia. I miss them. I’ve never been so far away from them. It’s very tough.
“They’re surrounded by all our family and friends. They’re looked after. I’m sure they need their mother.”
Yesterday was the first day of evidence from witnesses in the trial of Ms Connor and Mr Taylor.
Several motorcycle taxi drivers gave evidence in yesterday’s case.
I Gede Suatama told the court he was approached by Ms Connor on the night of the killing.
He said he refused to accept her fare because he noticed a bloodstain on Ms Connor’s shirt.
Another driver, Samuel Yohanes, said when he was driving past the beach he saw a man strangling someone on the sand in front of the Pullman hotel on Kuta beach.
He told the court he also saw Ms Connor nearby on the beach at this time.
Ms Connor’s lawyer Erwin Siregar asked the witness how he could see the two defendants clearly when he was driving by at approximately 40km/h.
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