British DJ David Taylor has walked free from jail, four-and-a-half years after admitting to his role in the bashing death of a Bali police officer on a Kuta beach.
Taylor made no comment as he was escorted out of Bali's Kerobokan jail on Thursday morning.
Sentenced to six years for the crime, which left a Bali police veteran to die alone on a Kuta beach, Taylor was freed after earning 18 months and 15 days worth of sentence remissions.
His co-accused in the grisly crime, Byron Bay woman Sara Connor, was freed from the same jail in July 2020 after completing her sentence.
Both Taylor and Connor were found guilty of the fatal group assault of police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was found on a Kuta beach in the early hours of August 17, 2016. A murder charge was not pursued or proven.
Taylor admitted his role in the bashing, claiming he acted in self-defence after a fight broke out when the officer was accused of stealing Connor's handbag on the beach.
The officer was bashed to death with a broken beer bottle and mobile phone.
Connor, a mother of two boys, who had been in Bali on a romantic getaway with Taylor at the time, denied any role in the death, saying she acted only to try to separate the fighting men.
The couple had been canoodling at the water's edge when the incident occurred.
Taylor is expected to be deported to Britain on Thursday night.
Kerobokan prison governor Fikri Jaya Soebing said Taylor had earned sentence cuts for good behaviour, hence his release.
"He actively participated in many activities in prison. He was also active in the church," Fikri said.
He said Taylor had also taken part in futsal and other sports and rehabilitation programs behind bars.
"He had a good relationship with other inmates and with guards. There is no violation that he had done during his days inside the prison," Fikri said.
Taylor's lawyer, Yan Erick Sihombing, said Taylor was very sorry for his actions and had learned his lesson.
"He also wants to send (his) apology to the family of the victim," he said after Taylor's release.
Taylor and Connor's relationship soured after their arrest and sentencing.
Connor, who spent two weeks in hotel quarantine after her arrival back in Australia, was then reunited with her two sons in Byron Bay, where she now lives.