Man Kills Wife on Honeymoon: David Gabriel Watson Sentenced
David Gabriel Watson, the Amercian man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his wife, was sentenced today for her death, but will only serve one year in jail. Known world wide as the man who killed his wife on their honeymoon, David Watson was anxious to put the six year ordeal in his past.
David and his wife Christina were on their honeymoon in Queensland in 2003 on a scuba diving trip, and had only been married eleven days, when Christina drowned. Her body was later discovered on the ocean floor.
David received a suspended sentence, meaning he will serve only one year of the four and a half year sentence. He was set to stand trial for murder at the Queensland Supreme Court, which meant he could receive life in prison, but he then accepted the guilty plea for the lesser charge of manslaughter.
The manslaughter plea was accepted because Watson was guilty of not giving his wife emergency oxygen, despite the fact that he was trained to rescue panicked divers.
Prosecutor Brendan Campbell said:
Watson allowed his wife to sink to the ocean floor without attempting to retrieve her, and he did not inflate her buoyancy vest or remove weights from her belt.
"He virtually extinguished any chance of her survival," Campbell said.
Christina's father, Tommy Thomas said his family was devastated by the ruling.
"I'm sure that the entire Australian nation as well as our country back home shares in the shock at what we've just seen, because it's a total injustice ... it's ludicrous," Thomas said. "It's an embarrassment to everyone involved. We believe that Gabe Watson murdered our daughter."
Christina's family wanted justice for their daughter.
The couple married in Birmingham on October 11, 2003 and it was only eleven days later that Christina was found on the bottom of the ocean, and David said her death was an accident.
He turned himself in last month however, and he has since remarried.
A fellow diver told Glasgow's inquest last year he saw Watson engaged in an underwater "bear hug" with his petite wife, after which he headed to the surface while she sank to the ocean floor.