Byron Bay woman jailed in Bali over bashing a local cop will be released from prison in days

Byron Bay woman jailed in Bali over bashing a local cop will be released from prison in days

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Australian woman Sara Connor is set to be released from Kerobokan Prison in a matter of days after serving four years for her role in the fatal assault of a policeman on a Bali beach.

The Byron Bay mother-of-two has spent the last four years in the notorious Bali prison after the bashing death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa in Kuta in 2016. 

She was jailed alongside her then-boyfriend, Britsh national David Taylor, after they were found guilty of over the death.  

A brief statement from Indonesia’s immigration department said the 49-year-old would be released in mid-July. No exact date was given.

Australian Sara Connor escorted by attorney officer to testify at her ex-boyfriend David Taylor's trial at Denpasar Court in Bali in 2017

Australian Sara Connor escorted by attorney officer to testify at her ex-boyfriend David Taylor’s trial at Denpasar Court in Bali in 2017

Australian woman Sara Connor is set to be released from Kerobokan Prison in a matter of days after serving four years for her role in the fatal assault of a policeman on a Bali beach

Australian woman Sara Connor is set to be released from Kerobokan Prison in a matter of days after serving four years for her role in the fatal assault of a policeman on a Bali beach

She was jailed alongside her then-boyfriend, Britsh national David Taylor, after they were found guilty of over the death

She was jailed alongside her then-boyfriend, Britsh national David Taylor, after they were found guilty of over the death

Connor will be deported back to her sons in Australia, having spent her time inside honing her craft as an artist and undertaking hair-dressing, crochet and make-up courses.

She will leave ex-boyfriend Taylor, who is serving a six-year sentence in Kerobokan’s male prison for his part in the officer’s death.

The couple were enjoying a night on the beach when they realised Connor’s handbag containing $A300 was missing. 

They split up and searched the beach and Taylor confronted Sudarsa, believing he might have stolen her bag.

A fight erupted and Sudarsa was hit with a bottle and a pair of binoculars. 

Taylor took his identification cards, which the judges were told had been cut up by Connor because ‘she panicked and felt guilty’.

Taylor also told her Sudarsa was passed out on the beach and the pair maintained they were acting in self-defence. 

Connor insisted she only intervened to stop the two men fighting and said she was bitten by Sudarsa during the fight.

Sara Connor is seen at the crime scene taking part in the murder re-enactment

Sara Connor is seen at the crime scene taking part in the murder re-enactment

The Byron Bay mother-of-two has spent the last four years in the notorious Bali prison after the fatal bashing of police officer Wayan Sudarsa (pictured) in Kuta in 2016

The Byron Bay mother-of-two has spent the last four years in the notorious Bali prison after the fatal bashing of police officer Wayan Sudarsa (pictured) in Kuta in 2016

Prosecutors had sought eight-year terms, alleging gang violence had caused the officer’s death. 

The court also heard Sudarsa had died on the beach several hours after he was abandoned and might have lived had the couple called for help.

That argument formed the basis of an appeal against Connor, whose four-year sentence was increased to five. 

A bench of three judges found there was no intent to kill thus the couple were spared a murder sentence.

Connor previously said the ‘nightmare’ was supposed to be a relaxing holiday, resulting in her spending four years apart from her now teenage children. 

She also told Australian media she has since separated from Taylor, who is ten years her senior.  

Connor will be deported back to her sons in Australia, having spent her time inside honing her craft as an artist and undertaking hair-dressing, crochet and make-up courses

Connor will be deported back to her sons in Australia, having spent her time inside honing her craft as an artist and undertaking hair-dressing, crochet and make-up courses

Australian woman Sara Connor (right) during her trial at Denpasar court in Denpasar in 2017

Australian woman Sara Connor (right) during her trial at Denpasar court in Denpasar in 2017

The former businesswoman received annual remissions for good behaviour, spending most of her time learning how to paint, crochet, and cut hair.

Ms Connor painted a large safari mural with other prisoners inside the jail after being taught by a Thai prisoner, who learned to paint in classes organised by Bali Nine drug trafficker Myuran Sukumaran. 

Ketut Arsini, wife of the dead officer, recently told 7NEWS that human beings should be able to forgive and she had no ill-feeling towards Connor. 

‘Human beings should forgive,’ she said. 

She did, however, avoid her husband’s colleagues because their sight reminded her of painful memories.

Connor was expected to be deported upon release from Bali’s overcrowded Kerobokan Prison.

However, this could be complicated by disruptions to flights with Australia due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Manoj Prajapati

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