21 Aug 2016

Australian and Brit charged with Bali murder

5:49 pm on 21 August 2016

An Australian woman and her British boyfriend have been charged with murder following the death of a Bali policeman.

The policeman was killed on Bali's Kuta Beach.

The policeman was killed on Bali's Kuta Beach. Photo: AFP

The Bali policeman, Wayan Sudarsa, was found dead on Kuta Beach in the early hours of Wednesday morning with 42 wounds to his body, including to his head and neck.

Police said they may have been caused by a broken beer bottle.

Sara Connor and David Taylor are also facing charges of assault causing death and group assault.

Connor's lawyer Erwin Siregar, who also represented Australian Schapelle Corby, said she had signed a document enabling police to detain her for the next 20 days while investigations continued.

That time can be extended by police to up to 100 days.

"We will continue to meet Sara by next Monday - she is too tired, that's why we stopped the investigation today, otherwise we would be here until midnight," Mr Siregar said.

Mr Siregar said Connor had arrived in Bali on Tuesday and Taylor met her at the airport, where they bought beer before returning to the man's homestay.

"Then they are going to the restaurant, she drank a beer, and then they are going to the beach with two beer bottles, one each," he said.

Mr Siregar said the man and woman had been kissing on the beach after arriving at 11pm and leaving around 3am.

He said Connor also had a bite mark on her leg.

"I saw one only, on her thigh."

"No, no, no, no drugs involved," he told media outside the Denpasar police station, where the pair is being held.

Sara Connor has been arrested in Bali following a policeman's death on Kuta Beach.

Sara Connor has been arrested in Bali following a policeman's death on Kuta Beach. Photo: AFP

In a statement to the media, Connor's family said the Byron Bay community was "heartbroken" over reports she had been named a suspect.

"Our thoughts, hearts and love go out to Sara as she deals with this thoroughly tragic incident."

The statement said the community "to whom she has given so much" was offering all it could in return.

Earlier in the day the suspects were taken to the Bali Police hospital to be forensically examined.

"We performed forensic examinations on the wounds suffered by the people of interest," Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo said.

He said that was to determine "whether the wounds are new or old, including the forensic examination of the nails".

Late last night police called a motorbike taxi driver, Gede, who works for the company Ojek, to the scene of the police officer's death.

The driver said on the morning of Sudarsa's death, a woman who had blood on her clothes had asked him to drive her to a police station, but he refused.

Detectives at the scene said they were now looking for a taxi driver who could have further information.

Meanwhile, a cleansing ceremony was held on Saturday at the site of Sudarsa's death on Kuta beach.

The policeman will be cremated by his family on Sunday.

The murder charge carries a maximum of 15 years in jail.