Family urges PM to act over murder

Petition: Zoe Bennett has appealed for support in campaign to get Government help over murder of her father Errol
Petition: Zoe Bennett has appealed for support in campaign to get Government help over murder of her father Errol
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Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to intervene in the long-running campaign to get justice for murdered Preston grandfather Errol Bennett.

Relatives of the 59-year-old, hacked to death in Jamaica more than three years ago, have launched an online petition urging the premier to help speed up the judicial process.

The Bennetts claim the Foreign Office has so far been “less than helpful” in putting diplomatic pressure on the authorities in the Caribbean to bring prime suspect Josephas ‘Clifton’ Bennett to trial.

Clifton, nephew of the murdered man, has been in custody for more than two years and his case has been adjourned no fewer than seven times due to a variety of legal delays.

Now Errol’s daughter Zoe has gone right to the top to get help from the Government to push things along because the suspect is next in court on March 15.

The Bennetts are demanding Mr Cameron and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, “deal with the inadequacies of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff dealing with the Errol Bennett murder” in the hope it will help other families who have lost loved ones in similar circumstances in Jamaica.

The petition says: “We need accountability to the fullest extent of the law for murderers in Jamaica by swiftly prosecuting cases and this might deter them from future brutal crimes.

“The Foreign Office is supposed to help and provide accurate information when dealing with cases abroad. We have been provided with several inadequate statements.

“We understand they cannot help in the judicial case. We have never asked for that. But they can help in securing and relaying accurate information and ensuring that the law is adhered to on behalf of the family in England.”

The petition can be found on www.change.org.