Brit sailor ac­cused of mur­der­ing wife at sea

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A sailor mur­dered his wife and de­lib­er­ately sank their cata­ma­ran to in­herit her es­tate and end their “mar­i­tal strife”, pros­e­cu­tors have alleged. Lewis Ben­nett, of Dorset, was smug­gling rare stolen coins when he was res­cued alone off the coast of Cuba with­out Isabella Hell­mann, the mother of his child. Pros­e­cu­tors in the US have for the first time ex­ten­sively de­tailed what they be­lieve to be Ben­nett’s mo­tives, af­ter the FBI charged him with mur­der. Court pa­pers filed this week also re­vealed Ms Hell­mann’s fam­ily bugged her Florida home to lis­ten to Ben­nett’s con­ver­sa­tions be­cause they sus­pected him in her dis­ap­pear­ance. The new­ly­weds were sail­ing to­wards their US home in May last year when Ben­nett made an SOS call say­ing the 41-year-old former es­tate agent was miss­ing and the ves­sel was sinking. Pros­e­cu­tor Ben­jamin Green­berg asked a Florida judge to ad­mit into ev­i­dence con­ver­sa­tions with loved ones where Ms Hell­mann is said to have dis­cussed rows over a mooted move to Aus­tralia, their dire fi­nances and the rais­ing of their daugh­ter. Ms Hell­mann’s body is yet to be found but she is pre­sumed dead. Ben­nett is due to go on trail ac­cused of sec­ond de­gree mur­der in De­cem­ber.

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