Aussie woman held over mur­der of Bali cop

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN Aus­tralian woman has been named a sus­pect in the mur­der of an In­done­sian po­lice­man on the re­sort is­land of Bali, her lawyer said.

Sara Connor and Bri­tish man David Tay­lor were ar­rested on Au­gust 19 over the mur­der of traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer Wayan Su­darsa.

His body was found with wounds to the head and neck on Au­gust 17 on Kuta beach, a pop­u­lar tourist hang­out in the south of the is­land.

Po­lice nam­ing Ms Connor as a sus­pect is a for­mal step in the In­done­sian le­gal sys­tem which means de­tec­tives have enough ev­i­dence to con­sider fil­ing charges.

“Her sta­tus is now as a sus­pect. They pre­sume it was mur­der,” Ms Connor’s lawyer Er­win Sire­gar told re­porters in Den­pasar on Aug 20.

“The max­i­mum sen­tence for that is 15 years,” he said, adding she could also face lesser charges re­lated to the mur­der.

Au­thor­i­ties launched a hunt for Ms Connor and Mr Tay­lor af­ter Ms Connor’s ATM card and driver’s li­cence were found at the crime scene.

Po­lice also found a smashed beer bot­tle and a dam­aged surf­board at the scene they be­lieved were used in the at­tack on Mr Wayan. –

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