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Prosecutors lodge appeal against Sara Connor’s sentence

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Sara Connor was sentenced to four years jail over the death of a Bali police officer. Photo: AAP
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Prosecutors have lodged an appeal against the sentence handed down to Australian woman Sara Connor in Bali during the week.

Connor, from Byron Bay, was sentenced to four years’ jail for her role in the killing of a Bali police officer.

Her co-accused David Taylor was sentenced to six years’ jail.

The Denpasar prosecutor’s office says Connor’s sentence “does not reflect the sense of justice”.

An appeal has been lodged in Bali’s High Court.

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

Prosecutors had wanted Connor and her British boyfriend Taylor to both be jailed for eight years for group assault causing the police officer’s death.

The battered body of Wayan Sudarsa was found on Kuta Beach in August last year.

Taylor admitted he killed the man, although he said he acted in self defence.

No appeal has been lodged against his six-year sentence and he has said he will not appeal.

Connor has always maintained her innocence, saying all she did was try to separate Taylor and the officer as they struggled on the beach.

Her lawyer, Erwin Siregar, told the ABC he had informed Connor’s family of the appeal and he will visit her in Kerobokan jail on Monday to urge the 46-year-old to also appeal.

He said if she did not, it would be a sign to the judges on the High Court bench that she accepted the sentence.

In Indonesia, it is common for sentences to be increased rather than decreased on appeal.

Connor will not appear in court during the appeal process.

A panel of High Court judges will make the ruling, which is likely to take between 6 and 8 weeks.

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