A British DJ convicted over the death of a traffic police officer on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali has walked free from prison after completing four and a half years of his six-year sentence.
- David Taylor admitted hitting the officer repeatedly with various items
- He received a total of 18 months and 15 days of sentence reductions
- Sara Connor returned to Australia last year after serving less than four years
David Taylor and his Australian girlfriend Sara Connor were arrested in August 2016 for fatally attacking Balinese officer Wayan Sudarsa.
Mr Sudarsa’s bloodied body was found on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in the popular tourist area of Kuta.
Taylor, 38, admitted hitting the officer repeatedly with a mobile phone, binoculars and a broken beer bottle, leaving him face down and unconscious.
But he said he didn’t realise Mr Sudarsa would die.
Taylor had since shown remorse and apologised.
The couple were charged with committing violence leading to death, which carries a maximum 12-year prison term.
During the trial, Connor said she wasn’t an active participant in the attack.
But the judges found that her role prevented Mr Sudarsa, a member of Bali’s police force for 35 years, from defending himself.
Prosecutors had sought eight-year prison terms for Taylor and Connor, but a court in March 2017 sentenced Taylor to six years and Connor to four years.
She appealed, and a higher court increased her sentence to five years.
Sentence reduced due to good conduct
Taylor, wearing a mask, black T-shirt and carrying a guitar, was today escorted through a crush of reporters outside the Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali’s provincial capital, into a waiting car that took him to the airport. He made no comment.
He received a total of 18 months and 15 days of sentence reductions, which are often granted to prisoners on major holidays because of their good conduct, said Fikri Jaya, the Kerobokan prison chief warden.
“Taylor also get involved in activities arranged by correctional officers. He was entitled to the sentence reduction,” he said.
He said Taylor would be placed in a detention cell at the immigration office while waiting for a flight to the UK on Thursday night.
Connor, 49, was deported to Australia last July. She served just under four years.
Connor and Taylor were drinking beer on the beach in the hours before the late-night incident.
Taylor said he got into a fight with Mr Sudarsa, who was on duty, after Connor realised she had lost her handbag and accused Sudarsa of being a fake police officer and stealing it.