Four men in court charged with Brit's murder in St Lucia

Four men have appeared in court charged with the murder of British yachtsman Roger Pratt in the Caribbean.

Roger Pratt was killed when his boat was boarded by attackers in St Lucia

Mr Pratt, 62, was killed and his wife Margaret, 60, was injured after armed men climbed aboard their boat, moored off the south coast of St Lucia, and attacked them.

Mr Pratt was trying to protect his wife from the robbers, but he was beaten and thrown overboard by the men. His wife found his body floating in the water nearby.

A post-mortem showed that Mr Pratt died from asphyxia as a result of being beaten.

The boat belonging to British couple Roger and Margaret Pratt, Sailboat Magnetic Attraction Credit: REUTERS/Isabelle Sankar

The four young men covered their faces as they entered the courtroom. They faced charges of murdering Mr Pratt and were also charged with robbery offences.

They did not enter any pleas and will appear at court again on 4 February.

Police said the suspects boarded the Pratts' yacht, the Magnetic Attraction, as it stood anchored just south of the island. They demanded money and other items before assaulting the couple, officers said.