Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Byron Bay mum to learn her fate over Bali police officer death

Byron Bay mum to learn her fate over Bali police officer death

The British boyfriend of Australian woman Sara Connor has been sentenced to six years jail over the fatal assault of a Bali police officer on Kuta Beach in August, 2016.

Both Connor and Taylor were charged with unpremeditated murder, group assault leading to death and assault leading to death.

In Connor's hearing, presiding judge Made Pasek said the mother of two to was sentence to only four years because of her polite behavior during the trial and because she had apologized to the victim's family.

"The defendant (Taylor) has been proven to have violated the law and is sentenced to six years in prison", presiding judge Yanto, who goes by one name, told the courtroom.

But a trio of Indonesian judges said Connor pinned Sudarsa down so he couldn't fight back against Taylor.

She is reported to have said that when she saw Taylor punching the officer, she tried to separate them before the policeman bit her twice.

Connor appeared in court immediately after Taylor's sentencing.

Taylor claims he was in "fear of his life" so acted in self-defence when he hit Mr Sudarsa with a mobile phone, the police officer's binoculars and a beer bottle.

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Taylor was supported in court by his parents, John and Janet Taylor.

"At the end we are content with the sentence".

Taylor had admitted to beating the man, while Connor had said she was present but did not participate in the violence.

Shortly after the verdict, Taylor consulted with lawyers and then told the judges: "I accept the charge, thank you" meaning he did not intend to appeal what many consider to be a very favourable verdict given the officer's violent death.

They also recounted the shock of the vicitim's widow, Ketut Arsini, in discovering her husband was dead.

Taylor said he got into a fight with Sudarsa, who was on duty, after Connor realized she had lost her handbag and accused Sudarsa of being a fake police officer and stealing it.

The pair were not convicted of the more serious charge of murder after prosecutors recognised they had not meant to kill the officer.

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.

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