Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Sara Connor jailed in Bali, Turnbull's Victorian headache

Sara Connor jailed in Bali, Turnbull's Victorian headache

British national David Taylor talks to his family before the trial David Taylor re-enacts how he killed the Indonesian police officer Sara Connor was sentenced to four years in jail.

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

Taylor and mother-of-two Connor, who are based in Australia and had been on holiday on Bali, had been accused of murder as well as two lesser charges, including group assault causing death. She said she had only tried to separate the men when they fought.

She later cut up Mr Sudarsa's cards, which Taylor had taken from his motionless body, not in a bid to protect the police officer from identity fraud as she claimed - but because of the "guilt over what she did", Judge Pasek added.

Connor was supported at court by her brother, David Pistidda, from Italy and his family along with her longtime childhood friend Ambra Bertoldi, who has been with her every day since her arrest.

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.

And they found that Connor, 46 had sat on top of the victim, Wayan Sudarsa, not to break up a fight as she claimed but to pin him down.

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"We do believe that our son David feared for his own life that night and his actions reflect that", his father, John Taylor, a priest from the United Kingdom, told the press after the ruling.

Taylor, 34, thanked the judges and said he would not appeal.

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

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.

Ms Arsini said she wanted the highest sentence and not a dime from them.

From the beginning, Connor has staunchly proclaimed her innocence - with her lawyers at one of the first hearings calling on the court not to "sacrifice" the Australian woman.

Connor pulled the officer's hair and he pulled her hair during the beach tussle.

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