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Indonesian man gets a year for Aussie’s death

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An Indonesian man who ran down and killed an Australian woman with his motorbike has been jailed for 12 months.

Bernadette O’Connor of Darlinghurst in Sydney died after being knocked down by a motorbike while crossing the road in front of Peninsula Beach Resort at the popular tourist spot of South Kuta in Bali on July 31.

The Denpasar District Court heard Ms O’Connor suffered bruises, open wounds and fractures.

Benafentura Nggeo, the motorcyclist, was charged with reckless driving causing death, which carries a maximum penalty of six years and/or a fine of 12 million rupiah ($A1200).

Prosecutor Wiraguna Wiradharma had asked for an 18-month sentence, saying Mr Nggeo’s “recklessness” caused Ms O’Connor death.

“The defendant saw the victim … was crossing the street,” he said during the trial.

“The defendant should have slowed down, honked or stopped to give priority to the victim but he didn’t do that and the defendant’s motorbike hit the victim which caused her to fall on the street and die.”

In sentencing Mr Nggeo, Denpasar District Court Chief Judge M. Djaelani said there were no mitigating circumstances and the 23-year-old deserved to be punished.

“It’s true that the defendant drove his motorbike with 80 km/h speed and saw the victim with her companion were about to cross the street. The defendant signalled with his light, but did not slow down or hit the brake,” Judge Djaelani said.

“The defendant also didn’t have a driving licence,” he added. “And it’s true that prior to that accident, the defendant had some alcoholic beverage.

“We don’t find justification or forgiving reason that can eliminate the defendant’s action and with that, the defendant deserved to be punished in accordance to what he did.”

The court deducted time Mr Nggeo has served in custody from the sentence. He will be eligible for release in August 2017.

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