Family fear wait for justice will drag on

Victim: Errol Bennett
Victim: Errol Bennett
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Relatives of a Preston grandfather hacked to death in Jamaica fear the trial of his alleged killer could hit another legal brick wall tomorrow.

Suspect Josephas Clifton Bennett is due to appear before the Caribbean island’s Supreme Court to face a charge of murdering his uncle Errol Bennett almost three years ago.

But after six previous adjournments, a family member told the Evening Post: “Once again we aren’t holding our breath.”

Delays have meant the 33-year-old accused has been in custody for more than two years without trial.

Successive attempts to hear the case have been abandoned due to legal issues, leaving Mr Bennett’s family back in Preston frustrated at the lack of progress.

“Each time it has reached court they haven’t been in a position to proceed, so it will be interesting to see what excuse they come up with later tomorrow,” said a family spokesman.

“We have been on to the Foreign Office and the British High Commission to try and get their help and, finally, a consular official will be attending court tomorrow to witness what happens.

“We are not optimistic. For whatever reason, these sort of cases where someone from outside Jamaica has been murdered have a tendency not to get going. But we intend to keep up the pressure on them until we get justice for Errol.”

Mr Bennett, 59, was killed almost three years ago during what police believe was a bungled robbery at his holiday home in Portland.