Sorting out my hot weather clothes

Good morning everybody, my name is Margaret Pratt and I’m talking to you from a very cold and damp London.

It’s getting towards Christmas and I suppose like everybody I’m on the countdown now to the holidays. I’m talking to you to give you a little update on where I’m at in terms of the trial of those accused of murdering my husband in January 2014, that’s almost six years ago, in Saint Lucia.

I thought it would be nice just to do a little recap of the past year. It’s been a serious rollercoaster, I was so optimistic at the close of 2018.

I’d been out in Saint Lucia, I’d been given assurances, not promises - because no one can make promises - but everything seemed on course for a trial imminently, maybe in January.

And then, what looks like being the end of January became, at a stroke, and I’m still no closer to understanding why, November.

I met with the DPP in September and he said that he was minded, rather than the vagaries of a midterm trial date, to try and get something - to help with my travel plans as well as his scheduling convenience - to get the court date to be early January.

So that’s what I’m still working to. Three of the four defendants, I understand, are likely to be tried on the 20th of January.

I am trying to sort out all my hot weather clothes, suitable for sitting in court, with - I hope - a lot of members of the public and maybe some press, just to find out what the case is and how it is answered.

Of course, I will be there for the duration of the trial.

Subject to any updates from St Lucia, the courts have now finished sitting until Christmas, I'll be sending through blog posts from my hotel room in Saint Lucia, so look out for that happening.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you for listening, thank you for all your support, and speak to you soon.


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