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Causwell sentenced to life in prison, to serve 20 years before parole

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 10:48 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Convicted businessman Steven Causwell has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his former girlfriend Nadia Mitchell at her Oaklands Apartments home in 2008.

The 40-year-old father of two will have to serve 20 years in prison before he may become eligible for parole.

The sentence was handed down in the Home Circuit Court a short while ago by Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick.

Mitchell's mother and daughter were in court and showed no emotion as the verdict was announced.

Causwell also showed no emotion as he was handcuffed and led from the courtroom.

Mitchell’s body was found out in the yard of the gated apartment complex in St Andrew in July 2008 with 27 injuries, 19 of which prosecutors pointed out were inflicted before she died.

Prosecutors Paula Llewellyn and Yanique Gardener Brown painted Causwell as a scorned, obsessive, and controlling lover, they describing his relationship with Mitchell as a case of “fatal attraction”.

Among other things, they pointed to phone records which showed Causwell calling his former flame 76 times in a 24-hour period one week before her death.

In handing down the sentence, Lawrence-Beswick said she took into consideration the circumstances of the case and that he had no previous conviction.