Jamaica trial delay ‘a joke’

Jamaican murder victim Errol Bennett from Preston
Jamaican murder victim Errol Bennett from Preston
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The trial of a man accused of murdering a Preston grandfather in Jamaica has been delayed yet again.

The latest adjournment - the fourth in as many months - was today described as “a joke” by the family of Errol Bennett who was hacked to death in December 2011.

Nephew Josephas Clifton Bennett, 33, has been in custody for almost two years, yet relatives in Lancashire suspect they could face yet more delays before justice is done.

The accused will return to the dock of the Supreme Court in Portland on Friday for his fifth appearance before a judge. But a Bennett family spokesperson said: “I’ll bet on it being adjourned again. It is just another ploy to delay the case. The situation is a joke.”

Errol Bennett, a founder member of Preston’s Jalgos Club who moved to England when he was 15, was attacked in his holiday villa on the Caribbean island and suffered 15 separate wounds from a machete in what police believe was a botched robbery. He bled to death.

His friend Kerry-Ann Thompson (27) suffered serious facial injuries. in the attack.