David Taylor says he loves Sara Connor ‘even more’ on eve of murder trial

Sara Connor’s lawyers take pizza to her inside Kerobokan jail on Tuesday. Photo: Amilia Rosa David Taylor has admitted to bashing Mr Sudarsa with binoculars, a smashed beer bottle and a sharp object but not to killing him. Photo: Amilia Rosa

The widow of Wayan Sudarsa, Ketut Arsini, and her son Kadek Toni, hold a portrait of the police officer who was killed on Kuta beach. Photo: Alan Putra

British DJ David Taylor has said he loves Byron Bay woman Sara Connor “even more” on the eve of their murder trial over the death of a Balinese police officer on Kuta beach.

“Fact is, David loves Sara,” Taylor’s lawyer Haposan Sihombing said after visiting his client at Kerobokan jail on Tuesday.

“I asked him ‘Do you love her?’ He said: ‘I love Sara. I love her even more’.”

Wayan Sudarsa, a father of two and member of Bali’s police force for 35 years, was found dead on Kuta beach with 42 wounds, including ghastly head injuries, on August 17.

The couple face charges in the Denpasar District Court including unpremeditated murder, group assault or assault leading to death, which carry a maximum 15 years’ jail.

In September Taylor changed his statement to “I don’t remember” in key areas relating to the involvement of Connor, a mother-of-two who ran a fresh pasta business in Byron Bay, in events surrounding the death of Mr Sudarsa.

The amendments were made after a so-called “confrontation”, during which Connor and Taylor held hands across the table while police quizzed them about differences in their statements.

At the time another of Taylor’s lawyer’s, Yan Erick Sihombing, said the amendments were to reflect that Taylor had been in a panicked state and couldn’t remember clearly what had happened.

Taylor, who is also known as DJ Nutzo, had earlier claimed, for example, that Connor had told him she had hit the police officer after he bit her while they were wrestling on the beach.

“Before the confrontation, he said Sara told him that [she hit Mr Sudarsa] after they got back to the homestay. But now, after the confrontation, he said: ‘Maybe … I forgot’. He was in a panicked state, he was scared, he only remembers now,” Mr Sihombing said in September.

Taylor, 34, has confessed to bashing Mr Sudarsa with a broken beer bottle, among other weapons, but not to killing him.

Connor, 45, denies any involvement in the killing. She claims she was trying to intervene in a fight between Taylor and Mr Sudarsa in order to help the police officer.

Connor’s lawyer, Robert Khuana, said the Byron Bay woman was stressed because she had heard from many people that there was no guarantee under the Indonesian legal system that an innocent person would be released.

“Her feeling is she never do it and so absolutely she said she must be released but the system here makes her worried,” Mr Khuana said.

He said Connor’s lawyers would do their best for her. “We still have a belief in this system.”

Mr Khuana said Connor’s lawyers would object to the charges, which he felt were unfair. He said they believed the proper charge was elimination of evidence, which carried a maximum penalty of seven months’ jail.

Mr Sudarsa’s widow, Ketut Arsini, this week said she could not forgive the couple and her husband may still be alive if they had sought help instead of leaving his battered body in the sand.

“Whatever they are saying, that it was an accident, they didn’t mean it are all just excuses,” she told Fairfax Media.

Her youngest son, Kadek Toni, cried as he said: “I can’t forgive him, what he did to my father. How he died, his head was bashed repeatedly. We leave it to the law, to punish them for what they did.”

Mr Sihombing said Taylor understood the severity of the case and the reaction of the family.

“He is deeply saddened, if it happened to him he would feel sad too. He understands that they can’t forgive him,” the lawyer said.

“If it was him, he would probably feel the same. He hoped, someday, the family can forgive him.”

Meanwhile lawyers for Connor also visited Kerobokan jail on Tuesday, bringing a box of pizza.

The Byron Bay community called for supporters of Connor to write character references for her ahead of the trial.

“It is important that the court in Bali know what a wonderful woman Sara really is,” her supporters said in a statement on the website thesarafund南京桑拿.

Connor’s Australian barrister, Peter Strain, told Fairfax Media: “We are at about 70 character references and going strong.”

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