British man convicted of murder of cop released from Bali prison today

British national David Taylor (R) walks to a courtroom for his trial in Denpasar, Bali on January 30, 2017. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP
British national David Taylor (R) walks to a courtroom for his trial in Denpasar, Bali on January 30, 2017. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

David James Taylor, a British man who was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in 2017 for the brutal murder of a Bali policeman, has been released from Kerobokan prison this morning and is due for deportation to his home country.

Fikri Jaya, who heads Kerobokan prison, told reporters that Taylor received a sentence remission that allowed for his early release, after more than four years of incarceration. Officials did not immediately say why he was eligible for his remission.

Immigration officers said that the convict will be put on a flight to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport tonight, and will fly out of Indonesia after midnight on a Qatar Airways flight.

Taylor’s release followed that of his Australian girlfriend, Sara Connor, who received a four-year sentence for her role in the murder and was released last July.

The couple was convicted of fatal group assault back in March 2017 after Taylor confessed to having fatally assaulted Balinese police officer Wayan Sudarsa, though he insisted he was acting in self-defense, alleging that Wayan had tried to choke him.

Wayan’s battered body was found on Kuta Beach in August 2016 after a late-night fight broke out when Taylor accused Wayan of stealing Connor’s handbag. Wayan, who had 42 wounds to his body, had been a member of Bali’s police officer for 35 years and left behind his wife and two children.

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