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Australian national Sara Connor sits in a court room during her trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Connor and British man David Taylor are on trial for the murder of an Indonesian police officer in August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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Byron Bay mother Sara Connor has expressed disappointment that key witnesses have so far failed to turn up to her murder trial in Bali despite being summoned numerous times.

Connor, whose trial resumes in Bali next Tuesday, has been charged with murder in relation to the death Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered early on August 17 on Kuta Beach.

The 46-year-old mother of two from Byron Bay has maintained she did nothing but try to separate Mr Sudarsa from her British boyfriend, David Taylor, who is facing a separate murder trial in the Denpasar District Court.

Prosecutors told the court this week that a hotel security guard who witnessed part of the fight had failed to turn up.

Prosecutors said the security guard, Suryana, had since left his job in Bali and returned to Java and they could no longer contact him to have him appear at court.

Judges have said that he is a key witness against both Connor and Taylor and should appear to give evidence.

In his statement to police shortly after the murder Suryana reportedly said he went down to the beach after his boss heard noises and he saw people there fighting on the beach.

He observed for about 15 minutes before leaving, believing it was a bit of fun and not serious.

But on Tuesday, when Connor again faced the court, Suryana was one of ten key witnesses who did not turn up, leaving the mother of two expressing frustration at the slow pace of the trial.

And Connor’s lawyer, Erwin Siregar, shared her frustration, saying they wanted the case finished as soon as possible, according to reports in the Murdoch press.

He said while it was good for his client’s case if the main witness failed to turn up, the case was now dragging on.

‘I am so disappointed because there is enough time for the public prosecutor to call the witness. I know if the judge instruct the public prosecutor for reading (the witness statement) this is good for me because he is not (under oath),’ Mr Siregar said.

‘But will be better the public prosecutor can bring the witness as soon as possible. I see the judge is very humble to instruct the public prosecutor to bring him by themselves the letter to the guy even though he is in Jakarta or Bandung, do it. This must be done.

‘This is actually good for me if only read it, but we want to know, because everybody want to know about this case, (is) my client involved or not because since the first time we have already said that Sara is not guilty in this case.’

Connor’s trial resumes in Bali next Tuesday.

 


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