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More delays to Sarah Groves murder case

There has been yet another delay today in the trial of the man accused of killing Guernseywoman, Sarah Groves

Once again a witness summoned to offer evidence has failed to attend and the case has been adjourned.

No evidence has been heard by the judge since September last year.

The body of 24-year-old Sarah was found on a houseboat in Kashmir in April 2013.

Dutchman Richard de Wit is on trial charged with her murder.

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Man accused of killing Sarah Groves is medically fit to stand trial, says lawyer

The trial of the man, accused of murdering a Guernsey woman in India, has resumed today.

Dutch national, Richard De Wit, is charged with killing 24-year-old Sarah Groves on a houseboat in Srinigar in 2013.

The Dutch government has made an application for De Wit to be declared medically unfit to stand trial, but De Wit’s new lawyer met with the judge to dispute that earlier today.

He has argued that the accusation is ‘unfair’ and that his client deserves the right to prove his innocence in court.

The Dutch government will present their report tomorrow.

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Man accused of killing Sarah Groves still without defence lawyer

The man accused of murdering Guernsey woman, Sarah Groves, has still not appointed a new defence lawyer.

Richard de Wit, is accused of killing the 24-year-old on a houseboat in Kashmir, in April 2013.

The Dutch National dismissed his previous legal team and his failure to appoint another is hampering progress in the trial.

Only one witness has been processed since June last year but Sarah’s father is hopeful changes will be made ahead of the next hearing, scheduled for April 5th, one day before the 3rd anniversary of Sarah’s death.

It is understood that representatives from the Netherlands will be present in advance of the next hearing in an effort to resolve the pressing issue of legal representation and to assess Mr de Wit’s mental and physical state of health.

– Vic Groves, Sarah's father
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Sarah Groves family: further delays in trial 'unbearable'

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The family of Sarah Groves have said further delays to the trial of her alleged killer are 'unbearable'.

The court failed to sit again today after the defendant, Richard de Wit, failed to replace his legal team after dismissing them last year.

Dutchman de Wit is accused of murdering the Guernsey woman in India in 2013.

Reports received at the end of last week based on reports from the British High Commission in New Delhi suggested that Richard de Wit had appointed a new lawyer.

However, it has not been possible to confirm or deny if this is true and there was no evidence in court today to support the claim.

Sarah's father, Vic Groves, says there have also been doubts about Mr de Wit’s mental state of health and there is 'a very real chance' of him being found ‘unfit to stand trial’.

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