Ship­wrecked sailor ‘killed wife for cash’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Saira Khan - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD

A SAILOR mur­dered his wife and de­lib­er­ately sank their cata­ma­ran to in­herit her es­tate, a judge heard.

Lewis Ben­nett, of Poole, Dorset, was ac­cused of smug­gling rare stolen coins when he was res­cued alone off Cuba.

He claimed Is­abella Hell­mann, his wife and the mother of his child, had dis­ap­peared over­board.

A Florida judge was asked to ad­mit ev­i­dence from rel­a­tives that the new­ly­weds had rowed about their dire fi­nances.

Prose­cu­tor Ben­jamin Green­berg wrote: “Hell­mann’s mur­der would re­move the mar­i­tal strife from the de­fen­dant’s life and en­able him to in­herit money from her es­tate.”

Ben­nett, 41, faces trail for mur­der. Ms Hell­mann, 41, has not been found.

CATA­MA­RAN Ben­nett

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