Briton Lewis Bennett who said wife vanished at sea charged with murder

By on February 21, 2018
Briton Lewis Bennett who said wife vanished at sea charged with murder

Briton Lewis Bennett who said wife vanished at sea charged with murder

A Briton who reported his wife missing as the newlyweds’ catamaran sank off the Cuban coast has been arrested on suspicion of her murder after an FBI investigation.

Lewis Bennett, 41, was arrested on Tuesday, accused of the second degree murder of Isabella Hellmann, who he said had disappeared during the voyage in May.

Bennett, of Poole, Dorset, was taken into custody as he appeared in a Miami court where he was to be sentenced for smuggling stolen coins during the doomed trip.

In a court document, FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau believed Bennett “knowingly and unlawfully killed” the mother of his baby.

Bennett reported the 41-year-old missing in the early hours of May 15 in an SOS call as their 37ft catamaran was sinking as they sailed home to Delray Beach, Florida, from Havana.

He was rescued alone from a life raft and the search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later.

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One Comment

  1. Ella

    February 22, 2018 at 6:31 am

    So very rude of Jack to push in front of sir Tom Jones last night at the awards my goodness where was his manners

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