U.S. couple found guilty of ‘sadistic’ Bali suitcase murder




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By Trisha Sertori

DENPASAR  – An Indonesian court found a young .. guilty on murdering the woman’ and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island Bali.

Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, both from the Chicago area, were arrested last August after staff at a luxury discovered the body Mack’ , Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in an abandoned suitcase in a taxi.

Schaefer was 18 years in prison for premeditated immediately after the verdict was delivered by a panel of three judges, and Mack 10 years for being an accessory .

The pair were tried separately in Denpasar District Court and it was not immediately clear if they would appeal.

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Schaefer, 21, who had said in court he had killed Wiese-Mack in self- after she attacked him in anger because she objected the relationship, apologised to the family of the victim.

“Although I do take full responsibility for my actions, I am not a murderer,” he told Reuters after hearing the verdict.

Prosecutors had called for a 15-year sentence for Mack, 19, because she faced a lesser charge and because she recently gave birth to a baby girl.

“10 years is better than the 15 years sought by the prosecution, so (we’re) happy,” said Ni Ketut Novi Sri Wirani, Mack’s lawyer.

 

*(Reuters)*