Accused Aussie hugs victim’s mother in court
A Sydney woman facing six years in a Bali jail over the death of a motorcycle rider has been forgiven by the man's distraught mother.
During the trial, Eastwood resident Susan Leslie O'Brien approached Ana Roikhanah to apologise for the accident that killed her 19-year-old son Riski Akbar.
Ms O'Brien, 49, hugged the grief-stricken mother who cried in the Australian
"(I) Just have peace and I (have) let it go. Sometimes I miss him but I have forgiven the defendant," Mrs Roikhanah said.
Ms O'Brien is accused of running over a teenager in August after he fell on to a major road while she overtook a truck in Bali's rural north.
Earlier in the trial, Prosecutor Ni Ketut Lili Suryanti told the court that Ms O'Brien is guilty of negligent driving that resulted in the death of Mr Akbar.
According to Article 310 of Indonesian Traffic Law the crime has a maximum penalty of six years jail.
"Hopefully she (Ms O'Brien) will return to her country immediately," the victim's mother told the court.
The Negara District Court heard Ms O'Brien drove her car at 70km/h and overtook a truck on the road from Bali's major transit hub from Java.
"I still remember August 14. The weather was sunny. I did not drink alcohol. Before overtaking the truck, I peeked out (but) there were no vehicles," Ms O'Brien told the court.
She said that she repeatedly sounded the horn when she saw the motorbike.
"When I overtook the truck my car was next to the truck. There was a motorcycle (but) I couldn't go back because I was too close," she said.
"(I thought) He should be able to avoid me. The victim can see my car, which is at a distance of about three metres."
The court heard from witness Mr Mohammad Bayu Ashar, a friend of the victim, who was riding ahead of Mr Akbar's bike at the time of the accident.
"My friend did not have time to dodge. The car took our lane. Then I heard a crash behind me. I saw the victim lying on the road bleeding from the head and hands. The lady driving the car stopped and got out of the car," Mr Ashar told the court.
Ms O'Brien has been visiting Bali for five years. She runs the Made Susan Education Centre teaching local children English and supports a dog sterilisation program.
She finances these programs by making and selling candles and using her own funds.
The court heard that O'Brien has made unspecified 'compensation' to the victim's family as well as writing a 'peace' letter, which the family has accepted.
The trial will continue on October 28.