JAKARTA (Reuters) – A British man arrested over the killing of a policeman on Indonesia’s holiday island Bali says he was involved in a “confrontation” with the officer over his girlfriend’s missing purse, but denies killing him, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
The body of Wayan Sudarsa, a traffic police official, was found in the early hours of Aug. 17, face-down in the sand on popular Kuta beach, with wounds to his head and neck, according to media reports.
David Taylor, 33, and his Australian girlfriend Sarah Connor, 45, were arrested last week over the killing. The pair are suspects in the case, according to police. Under Indonesian law, charges are only laid once the case gets to court.
“David maintains that he did not kill the victim, only that he was looking for (his girlfriend’s purse),” Taylor’s lawyer Haposan Sihombing said.
“He approached the victim, checked the victim’s pockets and there was a confrontation but David did not hit the victim.”
However, Connor has told police that she saw Taylor beating the officer as she searched for her purse, according to her lawyer Erwin Siregar.
“When she tried to find her lost purse, she saw David sitting on the back of the victim. And as Sarah looked past David and saw that he was beating the victim. Because she only saw him from behind, she didn’t clearly see if he used his bare hands or had a tool,” Siregar said late on Monday.
Taylor, who is a musician with the stage name DJ Nutzo, is scheduled to be questioned by police on Tuesday. Connor’s lawyer said she was questioned for nine hours on Monday.
Police have said the investigation could take weeks before the case goes to court.
(This version of the story corrects spelling of lawyer’s name to Sihombing in paragraph 4)
(Reporting by Slamet Kurniawan and Reuters stringer in Denpasar; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Michael Perry)