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Australian woman Sara Connor to learn verdict over death of Bali police officer

Australian woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor are poised to learn their fate over the death of a Bali police officer on Kuta Beach.

It has been almost seven months since Wayan Sudarsa’s body was discovered covered in sand in the early hours of August 17, with dozens of wounds across his face, upper body and neck.

On Monday, three judges at Denpasar Court are set to hand down their decision as to the pair’s guilt and what, if any, time they should serve.

Although Connor has maintained she did nothing during the fatal fight but try to separate Mr Sudarsa and Taylor, prosecutors have called on them to serve the same eight-year sentence for the charge of fatal assault in company.

After touching down in Denpasar airport, Connor met Taylor and had dinner and drinks before going to Kuta Beach and cuddling at the water’s edge.

Sara Connor’s British boyfriend David Taylor at the Denpsara District Court in Bali.
Sara Connor’s British boyfriend David Taylor at the Denpsara District Court in Bali.

When Connor noticed she had lost her purse, Taylor — suspicious of Mr Sudarsa — confronted the police officer and began frisking him.

The situation violently escalated. Connor says she was bitten by Mr Sudarsa when trying to separate the pair, and ran away, ending her involvement.

Taylor, meanwhile “in fear of his life”, struck Mr Sudarsa over the head with a beer bottle.

Mr Sudarsa now motionless, Taylor took the cop’s identification cards — which they later cut up — and told Connor the police officer was simply “passed out” on the beach.

They had no idea, they say, of the seriousness of Mr Sudarsa’s injuries.

Connor’s lawyers insist she is not guilty of fatal assault and should have been charged with destroying evidence.

Because prosecutors didn’t use this offence, they argue she should be released immediately.

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