Will Lavern “Anti-Christ” Longsworth be Set Free? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 00:00

Lavern “Anti-Christ” Longsworth was convicted on November 1, 2012 of the murder of David White, her common-law-husband. According to reports, on July 15, 2010 White and Longsworth, who lived together at #12 Castle Street, got into an argument around 12 midnight and Longsworth allegedly threw kerosene over him from a bottle. She then lit a lighter and set him on fire. Reports are that White ran out of the house and was followed by Longsworth who tried to out the flames from his body. White was hospitalized for a little over two weeks before succumbing to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on the morning of August 2, 2010. Longsworth, a mother of three children, was sentenced to life in prison by Justice Adolph Lucas on November 8, 2012. 

On June 10, 2014 Godfrey Smith appealed Longsworth’s convicition as Appeal Justices Dennis Morrison, Minnet Hafiz-Bertram and Samuel Awich allowed him to enter new evidence into file. The new evidence came in the form of psychological assessments by Dr. Gillian Mezey, a British Forensic Psychiatrist, and Dr. Amy Jex, local Psychologist. The assessments concluded that Longsworth has been suffering from Battered Women Syndrome because of a prolonged period of abuse. Based on the diagnosis, Longsworth’s attorneys submitted that she was not in a healthy state of mind during the incident.

The Director of Public Prosecution seems to have been swayed by the new evidence and offered Longsworth a deal on Friday, June 20, which would see the murder conviction reduce to manslaughter and life sentence reduced to 10 years. However, Longsworth’s team rejected the offer and requested that she be released on time served. She has been on remand since December of 2010; therefore, that would be a sentence of roughly three years and six months. The DPP strongly opposes such a sentence reduction because it would be an offense against justice to release Longsworth after three and a half years knowing that she drenched White in kerosene and lit him on fire.

Justices Dennis Morrison, Minnet Hafiz-Bertram and Samuel Awich will pass judgment on Friday, June 27.