Murder trial delays: Sarah’s father fears for justice
Friday 23rd August 2013, 5:04PM BST.
THE father of Guernsey woman Sarah Groves has spoken of his frustration over the length of time it is taking to get justice for his daughter.
His comments yesterday came on the same day that the trial of a Dutch national accused of killing the 24-year-old was adjourned again.
Richard de Wit, 43, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and illegally fleeing the area.
The trial was delayed for three weeks last month to allow the prosecution more time to prepare its case.
But it has now been adjourned until 6 September as the prosecution failed to produce the alleged murder weapon when he appeared in court this morning.
‘There are things happening which put the trial itself in jeopardy and the ability to prosecute fairly and properly,’ said Victor Groves.
‘My biggest fear is that it breaks down in an inconclusive way – we are desperately trying to avoid that.
‘We don’t want to be in a position in three months or so and we still don’t know who did it,’ he said.
‘I am not criticising the judicial system, I am criticising the personal inefficiencies that led to the last delays – it is unforgivable.’
Miss Groves, 24, was found stabbed to death in a houseboat in Srinagar in northern India on 6 April.