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Australian woman freed from jail for Bali police killing

By ABC News

AUSTRALIAN woman Sara Connor has been released from a Bali prison after serving four years over the brutal death of a police officer.

Ms Connor is being taken to the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office, located in Jimbaran, Bali.

The 49-year-old from Byron Bay maintained her innocence after Sudarsa’s body was found on Kuta Beach in August 2016.

She said at the time all she attempted to do was separate her British boyfriend David Taylor from Sudarsa as they struggled on the beach.

A fight had broken out between Taylor and Sudarsa over the Australian’s missing handbag.

The veteran officer had 42 wounds to his body, including more than a dozen to his head and neck.

A forensic expert said the police officer died on the beach several hours after the fight.

Sara Connor’s boyfriend David Taylor remains in jail.

Taylor admitted to bashing the officer with a mobile phone, some binoculars, his fists and a beer bottle as the men struggled, but argued he was acting in self-defence.

Taylor was found guilty of group assault leading to death and sentenced to six years’ jail.

Ms Connor expressed fear that she would not get to see her two young sons — who are being cared for by her ex-husband in Byron Bay — grow up.

Ms Connor admitted to destroying the police officer’s ID cards and, with Taylor’s help, burning their bloodied clothes.

In their final plea to the judges during Ms Connor’s trial, her defence team said she was only guilty of destroying evidence, which carried a maximum seven-month jail term.

Ms Connor said she let Taylor burn bloodstained clothing because she was scared and was thinking of her children.

She made an emotional plea to Denpasar District Court judges during her trial, saying she had no role in the death of Sudarsa.

“I believe in the truth, which I have said to the police and in court from the beginning,” she said.

“I have never denied being there, but I swear I have never harmed the victim.”

Ms Connor admitted to cutting up the officer’s ID cards from his wallet, but said it was to protect him from identity theft.

“I was not intoxicated, I never had the intention of destroying and/or concealing evidences,” she said.

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Top: Sara Connor was sentenced to four years’ jail for her role in the killing of a Bali policeman. Photo: ABC News / Phil Hemingway

 

 

 

 

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