Lesley Watterworth's family following the conviction of John Wayne Pierre, 49, for her murder, Sept 28, 2018. (Photo by Paul Pedro)

Windsor girlfriend killer given life sentence

A Windsor man convicted of killing his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for at least 15 years.

John Wayne Pierre, 49, of Windsor, murdered 42-year-old Lesley Watterworth in November of 2016. During his three-week second-degree murder trial, the court was told Watterworth was beaten and stabbed 69 times at a home on Curry Avenue near College Avenue in Windsor. Pierre will also serve a lifetime ban on weapons and has to submit a DNA sample to the national data bank.

Veronica Watterworth, Lesley’s mother, said at the time of Pierre’s conviction in September that the family was relieved that justice was served after a very difficult trial.

“When they came out and said they have a verdict, I just about exploded,” said Watterworth.

Defence lawyer Ken Marley said at the time that he was disappointed but called the verdict reasonable.

Watterworth was hoping Pierre would be handed a life sentence.

“We got through it and now he’s going to pay. It’s not a nice thing to say about a person but I don’t like him,” she said when the verdict was handed down.