Australian Sara Connor seen inside holding cell before her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor seen inside holding cell before her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

TIMELINE: Sara Connor's nightmare in Bali

Tuesday 3pm: BYRON Bay mother, Sara Connor will spend at the next four years behind bars in Bali's Kerobokan Jail for her role in the death of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa.

Connor and her British boyfriend, David Taylor were found guilty of group violence causing Mr Sudarsa's death.

We take a look back at the events over the past seven months which led to her sentencing late last night.

epa05501557 Australian Sara Connor (C, with hood) is escorted by police officers as she was arrested over the alleged murder of a police officer in Bali, Indonesia, 20 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police over the murder of a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016. EPA/MADE NAGI
epa05501557 Australian Sara Connor (C, with hood) is escorted by police officers as she was arrested over the alleged murder of a police officer in Bali, Indonesia, 20 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police over the murder of a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016. EPA/MADE NAGI MADE NAGI

August 16, 2016: Police officer, Wayan Sudarsa assaulted by Byron Bay woman Sara Connor and her boyfriend, British man David Taylor that night on Kuta Beach.

August 17: In the early hours, Mr Sudarsa's body was found in front of the Pullman Hotel, Kuta Beach.

That morning, Connor cut up Mr Sudarsa's id and cards and dumped a plastic bag containing the wallet on the road side en route Jimbaran.

August 18: Police put up wanted signs for Connor and 'another man'.

August 19: Taylor and Connor arrested and taken into custody in Denpasar.

August 20: Police declare Connor and Taylor suspects for murder, assault and battery.

August 23: The Connor family call off a press conference in Byron Bay after the Australian Government advised the family not to speak to media.

epa05516070 Australian national Sara Connor participates in the reconstruction of the death of a police officer at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, 31 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police, and are accused of murdering a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016. EPA/MADE NAGI
epa05516070 Australian national Sara Connor participates in the reconstruction of the death of a police officer at Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, 31 August 2016. Australian Sara Connor and British national David Taylor, were arrested by Bali police, and are accused of murdering a local policeman on Kuta Beach. The body of police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found with deep wounds to his head and neck on Kuta beach on 17 August 2016. EPA/MADE NAGI MADE NAGI

August 31: Connor participates in a re-enactment of the assault on Kuta Beach.

September 2: Anthony Connor visits his ex-wife in Bali. He says she's not guilty of murder and that she is a wonderful person.

October 11: Prosecutors confirm Connor and Taylor will face three charges: murder, violence causing death and assault occasioning death.

Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor after her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.  (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor after her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

October 17: Couple taken to Kerobokan Jail.

November 6: Mr Sudarsa's widow, Ketut Arsini tells News Corp she will never forgive Connor and Taylor. She questioned why the pair didn't seek help for her dying husband.

November 9: The trials of Connor and Taylor begin in Denpasar District Court.

November 10: Connor celebrates 46th birthday in jail with her friend and Byron Bay woman, Ambra Bertoldi as well as Sydney-based lawyer, Peter Strain.

December 1: Connor denied touching or hitting the dead officer. She told the court she missed her "two beautiful children at home" in Byron Bay.

December 4: Connor's friends hold a benefit in Byron Bay, Waiting with Love to raise money for her defence.

January 24: Taylor testifies at Connor's trail and said her only role was trying to break up the fight. He also testified he never saw her hit Mr Sudarsa at any stage.

February 1: Post mortem revealed it took two hours for the victim to die after the assault. Dr Dudut Rustyadi told the court that Sudarsa could have been saved if he had been taken to hospital.

Australian Sara Connor being handcuff by attorney officer before facing her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor being handcuff by attorney officer before facing her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

February 14: Connor gives evidence in her own defence. She said she cut the officer's id cards because she wanted to protect Mr Sudarsa against identity theft.

February 21: Prosecutors determine the pair aren't guilty of murder but guilty of group violence causing death.

Australian national Sara Connor walks to a courtroom for her trial in Bali, Indonesia
Australian national Sara Connor walks to a courtroom for her trial in Bali, Indonesia Firdia Lisnawati / AP Photo

March 13: Connor and Taylor found guilty of group violence causing death. Taylor sentenced to six years jail, Connor sentenced to four years.

UPDATE 10.30am: LOCALS have had a mixed reaction to the news that Byron Bay mother Sara Connor has been sentenced to four years in jail for her role in the death of a Bali police officer last year.

Some were shocked at what they call a "light" sentence, while others felt sorrow for Ms Connor.

On The Northern Star's Facebook page, commenters said:

Steve Smith: "Strange someone who kills someone get less time in jail then someone with drugs on them. If she had some weed on her she would have got 20 years. Stone Age time over there."

Lynne Reynolds: "Doesn't seem enough for a life."

Marshall Hall: "They should have got the same amount of time locked up. She should thank her lucky stars! 4 years for killing someone!"

On the Byron Bay Community Board Facebook page, commenters wrote:

Eve Sinton: "If they had bashed to death a policeman in Australia and attempted to conceal evidence, they would have got much longer sentences."

Kimhari Ebbett: "What a minute - kill a police officer and cover it up, 6 years prison. Attempt to smuggle weed into Bali, death sentence reduced to 25yrs prison for Schapelle. What the actual F**K."

Eve Sinton: "For whatever reason, Indonesian law treats drug offences far more heavily than murder."

Brian McMahon: "Seems a very light sentence. Destroying evidence did not assist their case."

Ev Meyer wrote: "Did you all follow the case and know all the details? It was a brawl that ended up the indo guy dying due to self-defence actions by the 2 Australians. There was no intent to murder."

To which Sally Baum replied: "And you were there and saw it happen with your own eyes?"

Katie Connolly wrote: "Poor woman. Wrong place at the wrong time. So difficult and much harder in a foreign country. Prayers to her and her family as well as her boyfriend."

Rebecca DeMornay said: "Considering the fact they left the man without medical assistance he clearly needed (he lived for 2 hours after the assault) the fact she had bite marks on her indicating that she did also fighting with the officer and the subsequent theft of the officer's wallet, cover up, burning clothes and denial and the fact the man died because of their actions, all very serious criminal actions beyond manslaughter, I reckon she got off VERY lightly with 4 years!"

 

TUESDAY 9.30am: SARA Connor has been jailed for four years for her role in the killing of a Bali police officer on a Kuta beach and her British DJ boyfriend, David James Taylor, sentenced to six years .

With time already served and remissions of several months each year for good behaviour Connor could be free in less than three years.

However, if prosecutors appeal, which they are expected to do because the sentence is less than two-thirds of the eight years they had demanded, she faces the prospect of a different conviction and longer sentence.

Her boyfriend accepted his sentence and says he will not appeal.

Prosecutors said they will advise on appeals after consulting their bosses.

Three judges in the Denpasar District Court found the Byron Bay mum and businesswoman legally and convincingly guilty of group violence causing the death of Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa in the early hours of August 17.

Taylor was convicted of the same offence but given a heavier sentence given his larger role in the killing.

The sentences were less than the prosecutors had demanded and much less than the 15-year maximum for murder.

Last night, Connor's family and friends issued a statement, telling of their devastation at the verdict which had dashed their hopes of her being exonerated and freed.

"We, the family and friends of Sara Connor are devastated by the verdict.

"She has pleaded her innocence from the very beginning and we had been hoping that she would have been acquitted of all charges.

"The whole trial has been traumatic for the family especially Sara's two boys. At least we have certainty now. We would appreciate that the media respect the privacy of the family at this time."

The victim's widow, Ketut Arsini, was not at court to hear the verdict.

But she later News Corporation that she was disappointed the pair was not convicted of murder.

"Deep in my heart, as what they have done caused my husband to die, they should be punished in accordance

with their act," Ms Arsini said.
"Bapak (husband) has died because of them, so at least they should get a worthy punishment, maybe the death sentence.

"A family needs a father, mother and children. But now the father has died. It is very hard for us, not only economically but we have lost his love," she said.

He often visited her in her dreams, Ms Arsini said, and was watching over them.

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

The prosecutors now have seven days in which to lodge an intention to appeal in both cases.

 

MONDAY 6.40pm: SARA Connor has been found guilty and sentenced to four years' jail for her involvement in the death of a Bali policeman, after her boyfriend received six years.

British DJ David James Taylor was earlier convicted of killing a Bali police officer and sentenced to six years in jail.

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

The sentence was two years less than that demanded by prosecutors and well short of the maximum 15 years he had faced.

Australian Sara Connor seen inside holding cell before her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor seen inside holding cell before her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

The three judges found Taylor legally and convincingly guilty of committing group violence against police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied and battered body was found on a Kuta beach in the early hours of August 17.

Judges did not accept that Taylor was guilty of murder.

Taylor, known as DJ Nutzo, was supported in court by his parents John and Janet Taylor from the UK. His father is a Minister who was wearing his religious collar.

After the verdict, Mr John Taylor, tearfully addressed the media: "We are immensely saddened and our hearts go out to to the widow of police officer Wayan Sudarsa and his family to whom we extend our deepest condolences."

"However, we do believe that our son David feared for his own life that night and his actions reflect that ... we are content with the sentence," Mr Taylor said.

He said the family was indebted to the many people who had supported David and the family throughout the past seven months.

Australian Sara Connor being escorted by the prosecutor for her trial in Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor being escorted by the prosecutor for her trial in Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

Mr Taylor fought back tears as he spoke near the holding cell of the court where his son was being held.

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.

The judges found the aggravating factors to be that Taylor had concealed evidence of the crime and caused deep hurt to the victim's family.

In mitigation he was polite in the court, confessed, felt remorse and apologised to the victim's family.

Taylor's girlfriend Sara Connor's verdict is due to handed down shortly.

Taylor's verdict was the culmination of a four and a half month trial during which Taylor repeatedly apologised for his actions.

He said his fatal attack on the police officer was self-defence and that at one stage during the fight with him on the beach that night he had feared for his own life as the officer pressed on this throat.

Judges, during the one hour verdict had summarised the evidence against Taylor, including the testimony of Connor about what happened on the night of the killing.

They also recounted the shock of the vicitim's widow, Ketut Arsini, in discovering her husband was dead. Ms Arsini immediately called her son who told her he was already at Sanglah Hospital morgue, where her husband's body was being held.

His cause of death was blunt force object to his head.

Connor and Taylor had faced three charges each - murder (unpremeditated), carrying a 15-year maximum, group violence causing death carrying 12 years and assault causing death with a seven-year maximum.

Australian Sara Connor inside a prisoner car after listening to her British boyfriend David Taylor testify during her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali.
Australian Sara Connor inside a prisoner car after listening to her British boyfriend David Taylor testify during her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali. JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

Taylor confessed his guilt from the beginning, admitting to bashing the officer over the head with his own binoculars, a mobile phone and a beer bottle.

He wrote a heartfelt letter of apology to the victim's widow, Ketut Arsini, one month after the killing, expressing his deep sorrow for what happened. And in court he confessed all, saying he was responsible but that his actions were in self-defence.

By contrast, Connor always denied guilt, saying she had nothing to do with the fight with the officer.

And that her only role was to try to separate her boyfriend and the officer from fighting, at one stage launching herself between the men.

 

MONDAY 6.24pm: SARA Connor's lover David Taylor has been sentenced to six years' jail for his involvement in the death of a Bali policeman.

British DJ Taylor was found convincingly guilty of group violence causing the death of the policeman Wayan Sudarsa. All elements of the charge of group violence causing death have been proven, the judges said.

"I accept the charge, thank you," Taylor told the judges.

Connor will be sentenced shortly.

Earlier, Connor shielded her face with a Balinese fan as she was lead from the prison van through a media throng and into a court holding cell. She made no comment.

Taylor did not hide his face, walking with other male prisoners and also made no comment.

Taylor's parents, John and Janet from the UK, visited their son in the holding cell to provide support.

The couple was placed into separate holding cells along with other local prisoners behind the courtroom.

They faced separate trials and verdicts.

Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor after her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo)
Australian Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor after her trial at Denpasar Court in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Her British boyfriend David Taylor will testify at Sara Connor trial regarding the murdering of a local police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered on Kuta Beach on August 17. (AAP Image/Johannes Christo) JOHANNES P. CHRISTO

Taylor confessed his role in the crime, apologised and wrote a letter of deep remorse to the victim's widow, Ketut Arsini. Connor is expected to receive a similar sentence.

Prosecutors demanded that both Connor and Taylor be convicted of group violence causing death and sentenced to eight years in jail. The maximum sentence for the crime is 12 years.

The couple faced three charges each - murder, carrying a 15-year maximum, group violence causing death and assault causing death, which carries seven years.

The judges however are not bound by the prosecutor's demand.

The body of veteran Bali police officer, Wayan Sudarsa, was found bloodied and dishevelled and sprawled on a Kuta beach in the early hours of August 17 last year.

He had been bashed to death with a large beer bottle and his own binoculars, both of which smashed upon the impact as well as an old mobile phone and Taylor's fists. He died of blunt force trauma to the head.

A doctor told the court that Sudarsa lived for two hours after the attack and his life may have been saved had he been taken to hospital.

Connor's NSW driver's licence, along with her ATM card, were found in the sand near the body.

Connor and Taylor were enjoying a romantic liaison in Bali when their holiday ended in jail. Connor had only arrived in Bali on the afternoon of August 16 and she and Taylor ate dinner at a restaurant and then bought a beer each to drink on the beach.

While the couple was down at the water's edge cuddling they noticed Connor's small black handbag was missing and began a frantic search.

Taylor said he met Wayan Sudarsa at the beach gate and the pair got into a fight after Taylor asked him about the bag and tried to pat him down, searching for it.

They ended up wrestling on the sand and Taylor said at one stage he feared for his life when the officer tried to choke him by pressing on his throat. He pleaded self-defence in the court and admitted his guilt.

Connor, by contrast, denied any role in the killing. She said she was not present for much of the fight and that when she discovered her boyfriend and the officer brawling, she launched herself into the middle of them to separate them. The officer bit her on the arm and thigh.

Taylor says that when they left the beach that night the officer was still alive and breathing. He had rolled the body to face up and stolen his wallet and mobile phone.

Connor says that at no stage did she know the officer was mortally wounded. As they left the beach, she says Taylor told her he was okay, just passed out.

Back at their hotel, Connor cut up the ID cards which were in the officer's wallet and they threw them in the garbage the next day.

Both Connor and Taylor have insisted that they did this to avoid identity theft. Initially they had planned to report Sudarsa to police but then decided not to give him any more trouble. He was dying by this time.

The prosecutors say this shows a consciousness of guilt on the part of Connor and Taylor, as does their burning of the clothes they were wearing on the night of the murder.

Under Indonesian law judges are required to take into account, on sentence, the defendant's remorse and contrition and whether they confessed honestly to their crime.

Taylor has done this but prosecutors, in their final summation of the case, were scathing of Connor's failure to admit guilt.

 

MONDAY 5.18pm: BYRON BAY mother Sara Connor has arrived in a Denpasar court with boyfriend David Tayor to learn her fate over her alleged role in the death of a Balinese police officer.

Mr Taylor is currently before the judge. 

 

MONDAY 6.25am: SARA Connor will learn her fate today over the death of a Bali police officer in August last year.

The 45-year-old Byron Bay mother and her British DJ boyfriend David Taylor are facing charges of murder, fatal assault in company and assault causing death, with prosecutors alleging they attacked Wayan Sudarsa on Kuta Beach on August 16.

During the trial, the court has heard that Ms Connor and Mr Taylor went to Kuta Beach after having a few drinks over dinner.

The pair have claimed a fight broke out between the police officer and Mr Taylor when the latter confronted Mr Sudarsa about Ms Connor's lost wallet.

Ms Connor has always said she did nothing but try to separate the pair and didn't know he was badly injured when she and Mr Taylor left the beach in the early hours of August 17.

In the hours and days after Mr Sudarsa's death, the court has heard the pair burned their clothes, disposed of Mr Sudarsa's mobile phone and cut up his credit cards.

The prosecution has called for Ms Connor to serve an eight year sentence for the alleged crime.

During the trial, the mother-of-two pleaded with the court for her release and said she was the "sole carer" of her two young children.

"They miss me and are waiting for me," she cried.

"If this is what God had planned for my life - to punish me harshly and deprive my children of their mother, I hope he will give my children strength to cope."

Under Indonesian law, judges are required to take into account whether an accused has confessed and is remorseful and this part of the sentence considerations.



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