Sara Connor may appeal four year sentence

A Balinese courtroom originally sentenced Schapelle Corby to 20 years behind bars for drug trafficking in 2005

Australian woman Sara Connor has been found guilty of committing fatal assault in company of Bali Police officer Wayan Sudarsa and has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Taylor, the court heard, became embroiled in a fight with Mr Sudarsa after confronting him over Connor's lost purse on Kuta Beach, which contained around $A300.

And that her only role was to try to separate her boyfriend and the officer from fighting, at one stage launching herself between the men. Her British partner, David Taylor, was also found guilty of the same charge and given a six-year sentence.

Taylor admitted to battering the officer with a pair of binoculars and a beer bottle as the men struggled, but argued he was acting in self-defence.

Taylor, the prosecutor said, was having problems renewing a visa to Australia and was feeling the pressure of a broken marriage and his relationship with Connor when the pair met up on 16 August.

Mr Taylor's father said the family was "content" with the sentence handed down to their son.

Prosecutors sought eight-year prison terms for Connor and Taylor, who were arrested last August in the death of Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was found on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in the popular tourist area of Kuta.

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"Concerning the tragic events of that night. we are immensely saddened and our hearts go out to the widow of the officer Wayan Sudarsa and his family to whom we extend our deepest condolences", John Taylor told reporters at Denpasar Court.

He later claimed he did not realise the police officer would die.

Taylor fought back tears as he spoke near the holding cell of the court where his son was being held.

His cause of death was blunt force object to his head.

He was originally facing a possible 8-year-sentence before being charged with group assault causing death and sentenced to just six years.

They also submitted that the charge involved group violence and they had shown she was part of the group which killed the officer. They are now being looked after by her ex husband.

By contrast, Connor always denied guilt, saying she had nothing to do with the fight with the officer.


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