British-Australian couple get 6 and 4 years for Bali policeman's murder

British-Australian couple get 6 and 4 years for Bali policeman's murder

The Denpasar District Court in Bali declared British national David James Taylor and Australian Sara Connor guilty on Monday and sentenced them to six and four years in prison, respectively, for the murder of Bali policeman I Wayan Sudarsa.

The sentence was lighter than the eight years demanded by the prosecutor for both defendants.

In two separate trial hearings, the panels of judges declared them guilty of violating Article 170 of the Criminal Code on group assault leading to death.

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Presiding judge Yanto declared Taylor guilty of murder by repeatedly hitting Sudarsa's head with a beer bottle.

Taylor also hit the victim in the face with binoculars.

Taylor said he accepted the verdict, but the prosecutors said they would consider filing an appeal with the Bali High Court.

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

Taylor and Connor were arrested at a home stay in Jimbaran on Aug. 19, 2016, two days after Sudarsa was found dead on Kuta Beach.

The couple were accused of causing his death during a fight after Taylor had accused Sudarsa of stealing Connor's bag.

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