Parents of backpacker stabbed 46 times fear ‘justice will never be done’ as trial of 7ft ‘killer’ delayed for six years

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THE heartbroken family of a backpacker stabbed to death in 2013 fear they may never see her daughter’s killer behind bars.

Fitness instructor Sarah Groves, 24, was murdered on a houseboat on India’s Dal Lake after being knifed 46 times.

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Vic and Kate, the parents of murdered backpacker Sarah Groves are still waiting for justice nearly six years after her death[/caption]

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Sarah was found with 45 stab wounds on a houseboat in Kashmir[/caption]

Richard de Wit is on trail for the murder of Sarah

Dutchman Richard de Wit is accused of her murder – but has not been convicted despite 150 hearings and four judges.

The seven-foot tourist was arrested shortly after allegedly trying to flee the scene.

Civil unrest in Sringagar, where the trial is being held, is behind most of the delays.

Sarah’s parents Kate and Victor Groves hit out at the way the trial has been conducted.


Victor told Cheshire Live: “I don’t know if justice will be done because we don’t have any confidence in the way the trial is being conducted.

“We’re not sure even if the verdict was passed either way if we could trust it with the evidence that has been presented – or the lack of evidence – that has been presented to the court.

“The longer it goes on the more problems there are going to be in reaching a safe verdict.”

Sarah was staying on a houseboat with her Indian boyfriend Syed Shoda in Kashmir when she was stabbed to death in April 2013.

She was 24 at the time of the attack that saw her slashed repeatedly causing two fatal wounds to her neck and lung.

She had been a pupil at St Mary’s School in Ascot, Berkshire, which charges boarding fees of up to £35,370 a year, before studying at Chelsea College of Art in London.

She was travelling in Africa and Asia on her way to live for a time in New Zealand.

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Sarah was 24 at the time of the attack that saw her slashed repeatedly causing two fatal wounds to her neck and lung[/caption]

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