Approximately seven months after she was sentenced, convicted murderer Donna Vasyli yesterday appeared before the Court of Appeal in hopes of having her conviction and sentence being overturned.
The Australian native is convicted of the brutal stabbing death of her husband Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli back in March 2015.
Vasyli’s legal team led by British QC Clare Montgomery argued that Vasyli’s constitutional rights may have been breached because her defense counsel, during the trial, neglected to raise the issue of her good character.
Attorney Montgomery suggested that the outcome of the trial may have been different if the issue had been raised.
Prosecutors are expected to ask the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold Vasyli’s conviction and 20 year sentence.
Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Brathwaite are appearing for the crown.
Back in November, Vasyli was represented by Attorney Murrio Ducille, who noted that Vasyli felt betrayed by the jury for convicting her without evidence.
Attorney Ducille had urged the judge to look not only at the offence, but the offender, adding that this case was not one where it warranted someone being locked away in prison.
According to Mr. Ducille at that time, his client was not a candidate deserving of incarceration.
Instead, he suggested the judge consider alternative measures.