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Woman, prosecutors mull appeal
Australian woman Sara Connor and
Bali prosecutors are set to weigh up
whether to appeal her four-year sentence
over the fatal assault of a local police
The 46-year-old mother of two from
Byron Bay stood still with her eyes
closed as Bali judges handed down their
decision yesterday, almost seven months
after her arrest.
They found both she and her British
boyfriend David Taylor were culpable
for the death of Wayan Sudarsa whose
battered body was discovered on Kuta
Beach in the early hours of August 17.
His face was covered in blood and he
had dozens of wounds across his chest,
neck and head.
In the hours before Connor heard her
fate, Taylor was sentenced to six years.
Both terms were under the eight years
prosecutors had requested for the offence
of fatal assault in company, having
preferenced this over the alternate
charges of murder and fatal assault.
The sentence will include the seven
months they have already ser ved. If
they show good behaviour while in
Kerobokan prison, the terms may be
While Taylor’s father John Taylor
said they were “content ” at the sentence
and the 34-year-old former DJ said he
would not be appealing, what Connor or
prosecutors will do next is unclear.
The jail term was a blow to Connor
who proclaimed her innocence from the
Her legal team argued she should be
charged with eliminating evidence —
an offence that carries a maximum nine
A statement released by Connor’s
friends late last night spoke of the
“devastation” they felt at the decision.
“The whole trial has been traumatic for
the family, especially for Sara’s two boys.
At least we have certainty now. ”
Taylor, the court heard, became
embroiled in a fight with Sudarsa after
confronting him over Connor’s lost
purse on Kuta Beach, which contained
While Connor has maintained she
did nothing but try to separate Sudarsa
and Taylor during this melee, Chief
Judge Made Pasek found she effectively
pinned him down.
“The defendant ’s action was not
intended to separate (them) but to help
David Taylor so that the victim could
not fight back. ”
She later cut up Mr Sudarsa’s cards,
which Taylor had taken from his
motionless body, not in a bid to protect
the police officer from identity fraud as
she claimed — but because of the “guilt
over what she did”, Judge Pasek added.
Both she and Taylor have maintained
they had no idea Sudarsa was so
seriously injured when they left him on
When they did hear news of his death
on August 19, they burned their clothes
before going to the Australian consulate
Connor and prosecutors have a week
to decide whether to appeal the decision.
A powerful nor’easter is
expected to bring blizzard
conditions and more than a 30cm
of snow from the mid-Atlantic
to parts of the north-east, and
officials warned of potential beach
erosion, possible coastal flooding
and power outages from the late-
The National Weather Ser vice
issued a blizzard warning through
till tomorrow for New York
City and parts of northern New
Jersey and southern Connecticut,
while winter storm warnings
and watches were issued for the
remainder of the north-east.
It comes as images emerged of
an ‘ice house’ on the shores of
Lake Ontario. Strong winds over
the lake for the past five days have
covered the summer house in ice
in Webster, New York.
“Amazed at how many people
think I sprayed foam on the
place,” photographer John Kucko
wrote on Twitter after posting
photos and videos of lakefront
homes completely entombed in
“ Ice House” is real, folks. 5 days
of wind whipped Lake Ontario in
WNY will do that (sic)”.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that
New York City schools would
be closed today, and he urged
residents to avoid unnecessary
travel and help keep the roads
clear for sanitation crews and first
“ We’re preparing for a
significant storm, and New
Yorkers should also prepare
for snow and dangerous road
conditions,” de Blasio said.
The weather about-face comes
a week after the region saw
temperatures climb into the late
Light snow was expected
to begin today and intensify
overnight. The heaviest snowfall
is expected tomorrow morning
through the afternoon, with
snowfall rates of as much as 5 to
10cm per hour.
“This would certainly be the
biggest snowstorm of the 2017
winter season in New York City,”
Faye Barthold, a weather ser vice
meteorologist based on Long
Boston also could get 30cm to
45cm, with isolated amounts of
up to 60cm across northeastern
In Philadelphia, crews began
treating some area roadways
yesterday. The city could see 15cm
to 30cm of snow. The weather
ser vice said there is a chance
the snow could change over to
a wintry mix or rain for a time
tomorrow morning, which could
limit total snowfall amounts.
Farther south, in the nation’s
capital, where the National
Cherry Blossom Festival is
scheduled to start on Thursday,
snow accumulation of 15cm to
20cms are expected. Also, the
forecast calls for 30 to 45cm
of snow in Hagerstown and
Westminster, Maryland, while
Baltimore is expected to get
20cm to 30cm. In Delaware,
Wilmington could see 25cm.
As the east prepared, the
storm marched through the
midwest, forcing a number of
flight cancellations and dropping
measureable snowfall on some
sections for the first time in
months. In Chicago, the forecast
called for 8cm to 15cm of snow,
the city’s first significant snowfall
Southern portions of
Minnesota have been hit hard,
with more than 23cm of snow in
some areas. In Michigan, up to
10cm of snow was predicted as
utility crews worked to restore
power to those still without
electricity following high winds
that hit the State last Wednesday.
Blizzard lashes nor th-east US
The ice-coated home on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Duterte wants mining
ban, links miners to
Rodrigo D uterte overnight
of funding efforts to
destabilise his government
as he talked about a
possible plan to impose a
ban on mining given the
producers have caused.
Duterte, who has said
the South-east Asian
nation can sur vive without
mining, has backed a
crackdown on miners by
Environment and Natural Resources
Secretary Regina Lopez in the world’s
top supplier of nickel ore.
Duterte said he was looking at a
total mining ban “and then we’ll talk”,
referring to miners.
“ When it comes to the preser vation of
my country,theland ...I willdowhatis
necessary,” Duterte told a media briefing.
“ I know that some of you are giving
funding to the other side to destabilise
me,” he said, referring to companies in
the mining sector he did not name. He
did not say how his government was
being destabilised, only that there could
be efforts to make him “ unpopular”.
The Chamber of Mines of the
Philippines, which groups many large-
scale miners, said in a statement it was
“ unaware of any mining company that is
supportive of any destabilisation efforts
against the administration”.
Duterte has supported Lopez’s
February 2 order to shut 23 of
the country’s 41 mines to protect
watersheds. She suspended another
five for environmental
infringements and also
cancelled 75 contracts for
“ You think you can live
with it (environmental
degradation) because of
the 70 billion (pesos) or
because they contributed
to campaign funds? Not
me,” Duterte said, while
showing pictures of the
mining has caused.
contributes an estimated
70 billion Philippine pesos a year in
Dante Bravo, president of Global
Ferronickel Holdings Inc,
Philippines’ No 2 nickel ore miner, said
he was surprised at Duterte’s comments
on his leadership. “ We’re definitely not
one of those who would fund such a
destabilisation effort,” he said.
He also said while D uterte is
considering a mining ban, he believed
the president “is a reasonable man and
he’ ll follow what ’s in the law ”.
“The current law allows mining, so
we’ll have to take that as the existing
regime which the president is mandated
to enforce,” Bravo said.
Miners have complained about Lopez’s
mine closure orders, saying they were
baseless, did not follow due process and
would affect 1.2 million people who
depend on mining for their livelihood.
Lopez defended her decisions in
Congress last week. She said her orders
were above board and made to protect
functions of watersheds. — Reuters
Whistleblower poisoning theory
A British judge investigating the sudden
death of a Russian mafia whistleblower
heard overnight he might have been
murdered by eating poisoned soup.
Alexander Perepilichny, 44, was found
dead near his luxury home on the
exclusive gated St George’s Hill estate
in Weybridge, Surrey, south-west of
London, after he had been out jogging
in November 2012.
The sudden nature of the death of
Perepilichny, who had sought refuge in
Britain in 2009, and his role in helping
a Swiss investigation into a Russian
money-laundering scheme has sparked
speculation that he might have been
Surrey police have said there was no
evidence for this but an earlier pre-
inquest hearing was told traces of a rare
and deadly poison from the gelsemium
plant had been found in his stomach.
Perepilichny had been providing
evidence against those linked to the
death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky
while in custody in Moscow in 2009.
Magnitsky had accused Russian
government officials of stealing $230
million. — Reuters
Worldwide study confirms
people spend an average of
40 minutes a day reading a
newspaper, compared to just
30 seconds of on-line news.
v On-line News
Professor Neil Thurman | Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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