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Prosecutors seek eight-year term for Briton accused of killing Bali policeman

Indonesian prosecutors have called for eight-year prison sentences for a British man and an Australian woman accused of killing a police officer on the tourist island of Bali.

David Taylor and his girlfriend Sara Connor were arrested in August over the death of traffic officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was found on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in the popular tourist area of Kuta.

They were charged with committing violence leading to death, which carries a maximum 12-year prison term under Indonesia's criminal code.

The pair had been drinking beer on the beach in the hours before the late-night incident.

Taylor admitted getting into a fight with Mr Sudarsa after Connor realised she had lost her handbag and accused him of being a fake police officer and stealing it.

Taylor admitted hitting the Indonesian repeatedly with a mobile phone, binoculars and a broken beer bottle, leaving him face down and unconscious, but he said he did not think Mr Sudarsa would die.

Connor, a mother of two, seemed upset and angry after the hearing. Her lawyer Erwin Siregar said she could not accept the sentencing demand which she regarded as too heavy.

The hearings are to resume next week.

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