Appeal lodged for Aussie Sara Connor over 4-year sentence for Bali cop’s killing

Australian national Sara Connor is escorted from a holding cell to hear the verdict in her trial over the death of a police officer at the Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia March 13, 2017. Photo: Agung Parameswara/Reuters

Australian Sara Connor has not accepted her four-year sentence over the killing of a Bali policeman found dead, brutally beaten on Kuta Beach in August 2016.

Denpasar District Court sentenced Connor’s boyfriend, Briton David Taylor to six years for killing the policeman and handed down a four-year sentence to Connor on Monday.

Taylor admitted to fighting the cop, but says he acted in self-defense. But throughout the whole trial, Connor, however, maintained her innocence. The Aussie claimed she did nothing but try to pull the men apart when things escalated on the beach that fateful night and did not have a hand in the cop’s death.

So it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that Connor’s attorneys lodged an appeal with Bali’s High Court for her sentence this week.

Appealing a decision is a risky business though. With the appeals process, Connor could actually end up getting a heavier sentence than what the district court gave her.

Prosecutors, who to begin with demanded she get eight years, say they hope Connor will wind up with more time than the four-year sentence, after lodging her appeal.

“We hope the judges will go with the prosecutors’ demand,” chief criminal prosecutor Netut Maha Agung told the ABC.

On the other hand, Taylor has said he will not appeal.

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