New photos have emerged to show how a British Sailor killed his wife while they were on honeymoon just three months after their wedding, then claimed her death was a yacht accident.
Lewis Bennett denied being responsible for his wife Isabella Hellmann’s death back in 2018 (read here). He tried to cover up her death then claimed that she had gone missing at sea in the Caribbean in April 2017, just three months after they got married. But Bennett’s wife’s family didn’t believe his story and accused him of killing her.
Later in 2018, Bennett admitted killing his wife. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
New photos released show how Bennett sabotaged the ship to make his wife’s death look like a tragic accident, according to prosecutors.
Bennett is accused of intentionally sinking the 37-foot catamaran on May 15, 2017, by opening escape hatches and damaging its twin hulls. The FBI believe Bennett also opened the ship’s portholes below the waterline and damaged the vessel from the inside.
In one photo released by the US Coast Guard, a giant hole can be seen in the ship’s side, where water would have poured in.
Prosecutors allege Bennett, from Poole, Dorset, killed Hellmann so he could get out of a strained marriage and inherit her home and money.
The authorities think it may have happened after she discovered her husband was in possession of gold and silver coins stolen from his former employer in St Maarten.
Ms Hellmann’s body has never been found.
Bennett was jailed for seven months after admitting transporting the coins and is currently serving a seven-month jail sentence. He now faces an additional eight-year prison term when he is jailed for manslaughter, and prosecutors are seeking a maximum sentence.