Indonesia sentences Brit, Aussie to prison in cop's death

Posted March 14, 2017

Australian Sara Connor has been found guilty and sentenced to four years' jail for her involvement in the death of a Bali policeman, after her boyfriend received six years.

Mr Taylor admitted to striking Mr Sudarsa with a bottle and binoculars but said he thought he was still breathing when the couple left the beach and did not know the seriousness of the local man's injuries.

The time Connor has already served will be subtracted from her four-year sentence, a judge said on Monday night.

A British man was today convicted of killing an Indonesian traffic police officer in Bali and sentenced to six years in prison.

They also cast doubt on her claims that she was trying to separate her boyfriend and the police officer, Wayan Sudarsa, as they fought on the beach, ruling she was involved in the assault.

Connor, who has two young children in Australia, had denied playing any role in killing Mr Sudarsa.

Taylor, the prosecutor told the court, had shown remorse, regret and had been upfront during the hearings.

It comes after Mr Taylor was found guilty of fatal group assault in an earlier verdict on Monday.

"Our request was to get the sentence reduced two years from eight years", said Haposan Sihombing.

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Taylor, known as DJ Nutzo, was supported in court by his parents John and Janet Taylor.

He added: "At the end, we are content with the sentence".

Prosecutors do not want the court to press ahead with the murder charge, conceding that the attack on Mr Sudarsa lacked an intent to kill.

"Sara is not guilty", he said before her verdict.

Taylor insisted he approached Sudarsa believing he'd stolen the bag, and fought with him for this reason.

Mr Purnomo said that Connor and Taylor were kissing and cuddling on the beach when Connor panicked when she realised her handbag was missing because it contained her licence and bank card, wallet and money.

However he claimed during his four-month trial that he had been in "fear of his life" and acted in self defence during the late-night brawl, and never meant to kill the officer.

Australian national Sara Connor, right, reacts during her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, March 13, 2017.