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UPDATE: Causwell's sentencing again postponed in Oaklands murder case

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 10:31 PM

The sentencing of businessman Steven Causwell for the 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend Nadia Mitchell has again been delayed and is now set for Monday at 2:15 p.m.

Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick is to pass sentence.

She was expected to do so this afternoon after last week's postponement but adjourned the hearing to allow her time to read over an authority cited by Causwell's lead attorney Jacqueline Samuels Brown.

Earlier, noted psychologist Dr Barrington Davidson said a lengthy prison sentence would devastate Causwell.

Davidson also told the court that in 2014 he diagnosed the 40-year-old businessman as being depressed.

He said he had 13 sessions with Causwell starting in November 2014, and based on the tests done the businessman he was suffering exogenous depression.

He said this manifested itself through feelings of grief, hopelessness and mood that his life had finished.

Meanwhile, Samuels-Brown made her submission to the court.

She told the court that Causwell’s attempt to resuscitate his ex-girlfriend on the night her body was found on the grounds of the apartment complex showed how much respect he had for her.

It was at that time that Mitchell’s daughter, made an emotional outburst.

"Respect?" Mitchell's 18-year-old daughter Imani Prendergast shouted from her seat inside the courtroom.

Her grandmother and other relatives tried frantically to silence her, but the teen would have none of it.

"Don't talk about respect when he is there beating my mother," she said before storming out of the courtroom, overcome with emotion.

Samuels-Brown continued her submission on Causwell's behalf, asserting: "I am almost certain that was contrived."