Monday 24 February, 2020

Pratt murder trial adjourned until Wednesday

British Widow Margaret Pratt will have to wait a little longer before she receives any sort of justice for the 2014 murder of her 60-year-old husband, Roger Pratt.

The highly anticipated Roger Pratt murder trial, which was expected to begin today Monday, January 20, 2020, has been adjourned for Wednesday, January 22.

Local media caught a glimpse of Mrs Pratt exiting the courthouse looking a bit disappointed in the adjournment ruling.

A reason for the adjournment was not disclosed to the media.

Roger Pratt was killed on January 14, 2014.

Officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station responded to reports of a robbery on the couple’s yacht, the Magnetic Attraction, while it was anchored in the Vieux Fort Bay.

The couple had been celebrating Mrs Pratt's birthday and was sailing around the world when four men boarded and physically assaulted the British couple.

Roger Pratt died, as a result, however, his wife Margaret’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Ahead of Monday’s trial, a competency hearing was held to assess one of the four accused men, Richie Kern’s ability to stand trial.

This will determine if Kern is of sound mind to stand trial with his three co-defendants.

The competency hearing is expected to be completed tomorrow January 21, 2020 followed by a pre trial application hearing where the attorneys will have the opportunity to challenge any evidence being presented.

In addition to that, it is unclear whether a jury has been selected for the trial.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: