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Connor changed story over cop death: court

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016

An Indonesian police officer has told the murder trial of Australian woman Sara Connor that she had at first claimed the death of a policeman was self-defence, only to change her story two days later.

Connor is standing trial with her British boyfriend David Taylor in a Bali court over the death of policeman Wayan Sudarsa, whose battered body was discovered on Kuta Beach in the early hours of August 17.

Mr Sulhadi, the chief of the Denpasar Police Crime with Violence Unit, interrogated Connor and Taylor after she was arrested.

He told the court on Thursday that on the first two days of interrogation Connor had claimed Mr Sudarsa's death was self defence but on the third day, she finally told him what had happened.

"Sara told and showed (me) how David was struggling with the victim.

"Sara said she hit him once when she was bitten by the victim, but that was according to what David said," Mr Sulhadi said.

"She showed me her right arm and thigh, which was bitten. I recorded it. She showed it herself, with her translator who was acting as the victim."

Connor has reiterated her innocence, saying all she had tried to do was separate Taylor and Mr Sudarsa after the pair got into a fight over her lost purse.

Prosecutors allege Taylor became embroiled in a fatal fight with Mr Sudarsa after the British DJ confronted the police officer over the loss of Connor's wallet.

Taylor, the court has heard, hit Mr Sudarsa numerous times, including with a beer bottle.

Before they were arrested on August 19, Connor and Taylor burnt their clothes and destroyed a number of Mr Sudarsa's personal belongings in an alleged bid to cover up evidence.

Both are facing charges of murder, fatal assault in company and assault causing death.

The trial resumes on January 3, 2017.

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