The South Surrey mother who smothered her eight-year-old daughter to death with a plastic bag is to learn today just how long she will have to wait to apply for parole.
Lisa Batstone was convicted in March of second-degree murder in connection with the December 2014 death of young Teagan. The conviction comes with an automatic life sentence.
In finding Lisa Batstone guilty of the crime, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Murray described the mother’s actions as “purposeful and goal-driven.”
“The whole of the evidence points to only one inference,” Murray said. “When the accused smothered her daughter… whatever the motive… the only possible inference is that her intent was to end Teagan’s life.”
At a hearing in June, prosecutor Christopher McPherson argued Batstone should be ineligible for parole for 16 to 18 years; defence counsel Rebecca McConchie submitted an ineligibility term of 10 years was appropriate.
Teagan’s dad, Gabe Batstone, said following the hearing that he would like to see his ex-wife “spend the rest of her life” in custody.
We sincerely hope that Teagan’s brothers are at least adults before they have to deal with that reality.
For that to happen the sentence needs to be at least 16 years. So subtracting time served means another 11 years in jail.
Sentencing hearing is about 1pm this afternoon. https://t.co/1LfAS1A4U4
— Gabe Batstone (@gabebatstone) September 3, 2019
Today’s proceedings are set to get underway at 10 a.m. in New Westminster.