Justice at last for Errol Bennett as inquest date is set

INQUEST: Errol Bennett

INQUEST: Errol Bennett

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The family of Jamaican machete victim Errol Bennett could get closure at last in an inquest next month.

Four-and-a-half years after the grandfather was brutally hacked to death on the Caribbean island, a coroner in Preston will write the final chapter for his relatives here in Lancashire.

A formal British hearing into the killing will take place on June 2 after a transcript of the trial in which nephew Josephas Clifton Bennett was jailed for 40 years finally arrived from the Jamaican Supreme Court after a delay of more than a year.

“At last the paperwork is here and we can have the inquest we have been waiting for in dad’s hometown of Preston,” said daughter Zoe Bennett, who has led a courageous campaign for justice, despite threats to her own life.

“The pain has just gone on and on for us ever since my dad was found dead. We’ve had to put up with delay after delay, first for the trial and now for the inquest. But hopefully, barring any more hold-ups, we will finally be able to get some sort of closure and try and get our lives back together.”

Mr Bennett, 59, an upholsterer from Ribbleton and a leading light in the city’s West Indian community, died after a frenzied attack in his holiday villa in December 2011.

It took Jamaican police months to apprehend chief suspect Clifton and then the Supreme Court trial was postponed no fewer than seven times before being heard last May.

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