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David Taylor, Sara Connor jailed for killing Bali policeman

David Taylor arrives at court in Bali Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Taylor had written to the family of the policeman to express his remorse

British man David Taylor has been jailed for six years for killing a policeman on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali.

Taylor, 34, and originally from Halifax, was found guilty of hitting Wayan Sudarsa with a bottle on the popular Kuta beach last August.

His Australian partner Sara Connor, 46, was jailed for four years for her part in the assault.

The pair have always insisted that they were acting in self defence.

Connor, who has two young children in Australia, had denied playing any role in killing Mr Sudarsa. She said she had only tried to separate the men when they fought.

Prosecutors had sought eight-year terms for the pair on charges of group violence causing death.

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Image caption Sara Connor said she had only tried to separate the two men

The court had heard Taylor and Connor were enjoying a night on the beach on 16 August when they became aware her handbag was missing, and separated to search for it.

Taylor has said he approached Mr Sudarsa believing the policeman may have stolen the bag, and the encounter escalated into a fight.

Mr Sudarsa was found dead on the beach in Kuta in the early hours of 17 August. He had been beaten with a bottle and his binoculars.

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