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Sara Connor, from Byron Bay.
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Indonesian prosecutors say they will not seek any further jail time for Australian woman Sara Connor over the death of a Bali police officer.

After initially being sentenced to four years in March, last month Bali’s High Court increased her term to five after prosecutors argued the initial term was “too light”.

Prosecutor Agung Jayalantara said on Monday that they would not appeal the judgement and seek a further sentence.

In increasing her sentence last month, judges criticised the 46-year-old mother from Byron Bay for not making “any effort” to help local police officer Wayan Sudarsa after he became embroiled in a fatal struggle with her British boyfriend David Taylor on Kuta Beach in August 2016.

‘The defendant left behind the victim and did not make any effort to help the victim even though she knew the victim was still laying facing down,’ they found.

She has until June 9 to appeal the increase in her sentence, Mr Jayalantara said.

The five-year term is less than the eight years prosecutors called for her and Mr Taylor to serve over the fatal assault in company but more in line with the six-year term the British man is serving.

Their trials heard how Mr Taylor confronted Mr Sudarsa over Connor’s lost wallet, sparking a fight that would result in the police officer’s bloodied body being discovered in the early hours of August 17, with dozens of wounds.

Both Connor and Taylor’s trial heard it likely took Mr Sudarsa hours to die and that had someone intervened, the police officer’s life may have been saved.

Connor maintains she did nothing but try to separate the pair, but the judges in her trial found she effectively pinned Mr Sudarsa down at one point during the melee.

The pair later destroyed personal items belonging to Mr Sudarsa and burned the clothes they were wearing on the night of the assault.

Connor’s sentence includes time already served and does not take into account remissions for good behaviour.


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