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Rot in hell! – Mother of murdered Oaklands woman reacts after Causwell's sentencing

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 10:05 PM

 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of the woman killed by businessman Steven Causwell at the Oaklands Apartments complex in 2008 took one last shot at him today.

“Rot in hell!” Perdie Newman, the mother of Nadia Mitchell, said of Causwell outside the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston after he was sentenced to life in prison.

“He got what he deserved,” added Mitchell’s teenage daughter Imani Prendergast.

Mitchell’s body was found in the court yard at the Oaklands Apartment complex in St Andrew in July 2008.

Last month, a seven-member jury found Causwell, a 40-year-old father of two daughters, guilty of murder. According to prosecutors, the body had 27 injuries, 19 of which were inflicted before she died.

Presiding judge, Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick, in handing down sentence, said she took into consideration the circumstances of the case.

“The jury was instructed to consider the evidence and they have found you guilty. I must respect that verdict,” said Lawrence-Beswick, who also directed that Causwell must serve 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

“The victim was a lady with a loving family. They have been deprived of her forever,” the judge added.