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Wongso gets 20 years for cyanide murder

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Lauren Farrow and Heru Rahadi

An Australian resident has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering her friend with a cyanide laced coffee.

Jessica Kumala Wongso, 28, remained expressionless as three Jakarta judges read out the sentence in the case that has dominated the Indonesian press since it began earlier this year.

The judges found on Thursday that she had shown no remorse and was not sorry for killing 27-year-old friend Wayan Mirna Salihin at a Jakarta cafe on January 6.

"I don't accept this decision because for me, it's not fair and very one-sided," Wongso said after the verdict.

She smiled as she was led away.

During the marathon session the three Jakarta judges made findings on the "emotional baggage" that they said led Wongso to return to Jakarta in December last year, after living in Australia.

"Because of the defendant's personal problem in Australia which were so horrifying ... (she) decided to come back to Indonesia," Judge Binsar Gultom said.

"It was not with the intention of having a holiday, but because of her many problems (to do with her) relationships, social life, work and legal problems."

He said Wongso was still hurting over her break-up with Australian man Patrick O'Connor in late 2014 and when she first met up with Mirna and her husband Arif Soemarko last December and saw them "so happy" something was "triggered".

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