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Sara Connor during her trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, when prosecutors called for an eight-year sentence for the pair. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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A Byron Bay mother of two children will learn on Monday whether she has been found guilty of the murder of a Bali policeman.

Sara Connor, and her English boyfriend David Taylor, are both charged with the murder of Wayan Sudarsa, along with charges of group assault causing death and assault leading to death.

The three judges in the separate trials can find the pair  guilty of any of the three charges, but prosecutors have recommended both accused be found guilty of group assault causing death and be jailed for eight years.

Ms Connor made no comments at her final appearance in court but her defence team said the Australian was only guilty of destroying evidence, which carries a maximum seven-month jail term.

‘Sara should be released, that’s it,’ her Indonesian lawyer Erwin Siregar told the court.

During her trial, Ms Connor has admitted destroying the identity cards of the policeman and burning the clothes she and Taylor had been wearing on the evening the police officer died.

Her boyfriend David Taylor, in his separate trial, has told the court that he was the one who killed the officer and he testified that he never saw Connor hitting the officer.

The three judges at the Denpasar District Court said they would deliver their verdict and any jail sentence on the afternoon of March 13.

 

 


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