‘Boat man killed wife’
A YACHTSMAN who was rescued by coastguards is accused of murdering his wife and scuttling his boat to cover his tracks.
Lewis Bennett, of Poole, Dorset, was smuggling rare stolen coins worth £29,450 when he sailed with Isabella Hellmann to Florida, where they had another home.
He was rescued off Cuba last May but there was no sign of his wife. Bennett was charged with second-degree murder this week.
Prosecutor Benjamin Greenberg asked a Florida judge to admit into evidence talks with family where Ms Hellmann, 41, discussed rows over a move to Australia and finances.
He said: “Hellmann’s murder would remove the marital strife from the defendant’s life and enable him to inherit money from Hellmann’s estate, all of which provide strong circumstantial proof that he had a strong motive to murder Hellmann.”
Bennett got seven months for transporting the coins. His wife’s body is yet to be found and he goes on trial in December.
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MOTIVES: Lewis Bennett