Justice? Alabama Husband David Gabriel Watson Gets One Year in Prison for Death of Christina “Tina” Mae Watson on Honeymoon
What a disgrace! David Gabriel Watson plead guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of his wife, Tina Watson, while on their honeymoon in Australia in 2003. Watson pleased guilty to the lesser charges of manslaughter and will only serve one year in prison. Unbelievable, where is the justice?
The fairy tale: David Gabriel Watson & Christina “Tina” Mae Watson
In move that outraged the victim’s family, David Gabriel Watson will serve just one year of the four-and-a-half-year sentence in the death of his wife of 11 days, Christina Mae Watson. She died in 2003 as the couple dove off the tropical coast of Queensland. The suspended sentence is not unusual in such crimes in Queensland.
Watson, of Birmingham, Alabama, was to stand trial in the Queensland Supreme Court for murder, which carried a potential sentence of life in prison, until the prosecution accepted the guilty plea to the lesser charge.
The horror: David Gabriel Watson seen in this pic as his wife’s body in seen on the bottom of the ocean as he does nothing to rescue her.
Even though David Gabriel Watson is considered an expert scuba diver and has training in rescuing panicked divers, he claims he panicked himself during the dive where his wife sunk to the bottom of the ocean and died and he did nothing, NOTHING to save her. How does an individual who has training in saving lives do absolutely nothing to save his wife who was in distress?
Prosecutor Brendan Campbell told the court the manslaughter plea was accepted on the basis that the 32-year-old Watson – trained to rescue panicked divers – failed in his duty as her dive buddy by not giving her emergency oxygen.
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.
Prosecutors believed that David Gabriel Watson had shut off the air supply to his wife’s oxygen. The fact remains, there is no believable explanation that a certified and expert diver trained in rescuing others can give as to why he did nothing to help his wife and prevent her from drowning. Australian courts should be ashamed of themselves for accepting this plea deal.
OUTRAGE from the family of Christina “Tina” Mae Watson:
Outside court, Christina’s father, Tommy Thomas, said his family was in disbelief over the sentence for the man who went by the name Gabe. Christina was called Tina by family and friends.
“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.”