Family of Aussie bashed to death by fiancée 'forever haunted' by her murder
The family of an Australian woman battered to death by her fiancé has said they will be forever haunted by her murder and plan to appeal her killer's sentence.
Roderick Deakin-White, 38, was sentenced to life in prison today at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London for the "horrendous and savage" attack on Amy Parsons, 35, while she was showering in the flat they shared in Whitechapel, east London, on April 25.
She was left naked and bleeding to death with "horrific injuries" to her head, face and brain.
The sentence means Deakin-White will be able to apply for parole after 17 years.
In court today, Ms Parson's mother, sister and sister-in-law held hands as Judge John Lafferty said Ms Parsons was killed in a "most horrendous, savage and brutal way".
Deakin-White who kept his head bowed and showed no emotion.
"Your view was that if you can't have her, no-one can have her, and you killed her," Judge Lafferty said.
"There is no sentence I can pass upon you today that will bring back Miss Parsons - a young, successful, vivacious and kind-hearted young woman, whose life was brutally taken by you."
During his trial, the court heard how personal assistant Ms Parsons had become increasingly unhappy with her relationship, particularly due to Deakin-White's cross-dressing habits.
Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC said at a previous hearing: "She was unhappy about this and this was something he had often wanted to do when they were intimate."
He told jurors Deakin-White became angry and jealous after Ms Parsons began a relationship with colleague James Saunders a few weeks before the killing.
The prosecutor said Deakin-White launched the attack after she told him she was leaving him.
"Unwilling to accept that she was going to leave him, he used a metal bar to hit her repeatedly around the head while she was showering in the Docklands flat which they shared," Mr Patterson said.
Deakin-White fled the flat before confessing to a friend, who persuaded him to hand himself in.
In interviews with police, Deakin-White admitted attacking her with a metal bar but denied murder, claiming it was an "accident".
Ms Parson's sister, Eve, said in a victim impact statement that her family would forever be haunted by the way the 35-year-old died, alone on a bathroom floor while swallowing her own blood.
She also paid tribute to her sister, who she described as a "bright light" in their family and someone who was hopeful of returning home to Australia some day to live near her loved ones.
"Nothing could have prepared me to deal with this loss," she said.
"All of our family are as heartbroken as it is possible to be."
After the decision, Ms Parson's family told 9News that no sentence would remove their pain and they plan to launch an appeal against Deakin-White's non-parole period on the grounds it's too lenient.