Community rallies behind ‘honest, reliable’ Byron Bay woman Sara Connor arrested in Bali

Sara Connor has been described as a hard-working, honest and reliable woman in the wake of her arrest in Bali. Photo: Facebook Ms Connor travelled to Bali to meet up with David Taylor, friends say. Photo: Supplied

As a Byron Bay mother-of-two faces interrogation in Indonesia following the bashing death of police officer, her family and community back home are rallying around her.

Sara Connor left the seaside town on the NSW north coast for a short holiday in Bali this month.

She met up with David Taylor, a British-born DJ who lived at Byron Bay until recently and played various gigs at dance parties and on local radio.

Somehow the pair have been wrapped up in a murder investigation involving a Bali police officer on the holiday island’s popular Kuta beach.

After visiting the Australian consulate, Ms Connor and Mr Taylor turned up at Denpasar police station on Friday afternoon, where they were arrested.

News of the mother-of-two’s arrest soon reached the tight-knit Byron Bay community, including her ex-husband and father of her children Anthony “Twig” Connor.

A statement released on Saturday by Ms Conor’s “Byron Bay family” described her as a very positive and happy person, who is devoted to her children and business.

“As a treasured part of the Byron Bay community, friends, family and work colleagues are devastated and shocked to hear that their beloved Sara Connor has been arrested in connection over the death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa,” the statement read.

“Sara is a very honest, reliable and generous person; she is a great organiser and is very supportive in bringing people together and looking after her friends.

“The accusations laid against her are totally out of character for this beautiful person.”

Ms Connor was living with a housemate in Byron Bay after separating from her husband, a local licensee, a couple of years ago.

Ms Connor, who is believed to hail from Italy, runs her own business, Byron Bay Fresh Pasta, and also works as a housekeeper at the Nomad Arts Factory Lodge.

“She is highly creative and has gained respect throughout the local restaurants and food outlets,” the statement read.

“She has worked very hard to set up her business in a highly competitive market and managed to do so while raising two young boys.

“Her love for her boys is the biggest love in her life.”

A long-time friend of Ms Connor, who met the businesswoman as a teenager in Europe, said she was very confused by news of the arrest.

“Sara is the least violent person I have ever met,” she told Fairfax Media.

“She is like a puppy dog.”

Oren Bresler, who has shared a house with Ms Connor for the past two years in Byron Bay, described her as “just a really good person … she’s kind of like my second mum”.

“She’s a super nice person, she’s a really hard-working person, she’s got really lovely kids, she’s the most accommodating person I’ve ever met,” he told Fairfax Media on Friday.

News Limited has reported that Mr Taylor had failed to get his visa extended in Australia and travelled to Bali where Ms Connor met up with him.

Police in Bali are yet to state whether Mr Taylor and Ms Connor are suspects. They were due to start interrogation from midday (AEST) on Saturday.

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