Convicted murderer Lavern “Anti-Christ” Longsworth has appealed her conviction, citing that at the time she killed her partner David White she was suffering the effects of battered woman’s syndrome.
The Court of Appeal has accepted that defense and reduced her charge to manslaughter. However, there was disagreement between Longsworth’s attorneys Godfrey Smith and Leslie Mendez and Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal over the length of her sentence.
The DPP had proposed ten years including time served, while Smith and Mendez believed that Longsworth, who has been imprisoned for nearly four years, should leave immediately.
Today the court made its decision – Longsworth will serve eight years, commencing from the date of sentencing in November of 2012.
Mendez called it a victory for her client.
“Lavern served approximately four and a half years because the court stated that it will take into account the time that she already served”.
Reporter: “So, do you consider that this is a victory for your client?”
Leslie Mendez: “Yeah, I am content with the verdict. With that, I do believe that justice was served. The court clearly took into account the circumstances in the case. So, we are satisfied”.
The court’s reasons will be delivered in writing. Longsworth, a mother of four, attacked White during an argument at their home but later showed remorse despite claiming she had long been a victim of his abuse.