Family distraught as Jamaican case is adjourned for the sixth time

Errol Bennett
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The trial of the alleged killer of Preston man Errol Bennett in Jamaica has now been put back to November – which will be nearly three years after his death.

Mr Bennett’s grieving family today spoke of their dismay at seeing the case adjourned for the sixth time. Mr Bennett, 59, was hacked to death in December 2011 in a bungled robbery at his holiday home in the Portland area of Jamaica.

He suffered 15 wounds and bled to death.

Police arrested his nephew Josephas Bennett, known locally as Clifton, and charged him with murder.

Mr Bennett’s family had hoped that the trial would finally get under way in Port Antonio this month.

But the family has been told it was merely listed “for mention” on Tuesday and adjourned in the absence of a defence solicitor.

A spokesman for the Jamaica Supreme Court confirmed the trial date had now been fixed for November 25 – but the family fear even more delays and are also concerned about the effect on witnesses in the case.

A family member said: “The system is ridiculous, this is prolonging the agony for everyone.

“Every time the case goes back they seem to go through the same process again. It’s already been listed for mention and seen as fit to go to trial.

“It seems like it was listed ‘for mention’ yet again this week. This is torture.”

Mr Bennett was born in Jamaica but moved over to Preston at the age of 15 and worked in the city for more than 35 years. During his retirement, the popular grandad split his time between Preston and a villa in Jamaica.