A BRITISH man and his Australian girlfriend have been forced to participate in a macabre reconstruction of the killing of a Balinese police officer.
David Taylor, a DJ living in Australia, and Sara Connor were dressed in orange jumpsuits and closely watched by dozens of Indonesian police as they were charged with re-enacting the death of Wayan Sudarsa.
The pair were arrested on August 18 after a clash with the police officer on a Bali beach. Connor had initially alleged that Sudarsa had stolen from Taylor’s backpack, leading to a violent struggle during which Taylor struck the officer with a beer bottle.
Their accounts have, however, changed since their arrest according to Bali police, who are now drawing up charges of premeditated murder which could see the couple each face 15 years in prison.
Encompassing around 40 different scenes, the 5am re-enactment was performed in complete silence punctuated only by the snaps of press and police photographers.
Police have 120 days to construct their case against the two and the reconstruction will form a crucial part of their testimony should it go to trial.
Taylor has admitted to killing the policeman but claims he was a ‘bad cop’ and he acted in self defence, and that his girlfriend had played no part in the violence.