9 July 2009

Crown Prosecution Service drops indictment against Portuguese Immigrant

The Portuguese Amilton Bento [Nico Bento], 29, of Rutland Road, Bedford, was jailed for life in July 2007 after a jury at Luton Crown Court convicted him of murdering his girlfriend, 26-year-old Kamila Garsztka. But Bento continued to protest his innocence even after the verdict was delivered and launched an appeal bid to clear his name.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of London annulled the verdict of life imprisonment and ordered a new trial, which should start on the 20th of July. However, the Crown prosecutor considered that there was insufficient evidence to bring the case to court a second time and informed today Nicolas Bento's lawyer, Peter Hughmam, that the prosecution would drop the complaint.

Evidence was Weak

The main evidence against Nico was a video recorded by a CCTV camera that allegedly showed Kamila crossing a street with a handbag that Nico had in his possession.

The police and the Luton Crown Court believed that the handbag found with Nico proved that he had been with her.

At the time of trial, the prosecution argued that the Portuguese would have arranged a meeting with Kamila at the marina, where she was found dead on 24 January 2006, close to Bedford, a town some 50 miles north of London. Bento would have committed the homicide, and then taken the handbag home.

However, a new report from an expert said that the films obtained by the video surveillance cameras, and presented as evidence by the prosecution in the first trial, did not prove that the person in the pictures was really Kamila, nor that the person carried a hand bag.

Kamila's bag was given by Nico to the authorities when he requested the police to make a report regarding his girlfriend disappearance in December 2005.

According to Peter Hughman, "there isn't a single mark on the body indicating that there has been struggle or to suggest homicide", the police and prosecutors built the case based on "very weak evidence".

'They took my life'

"I'm glad it's all finished, but I am still in shock", said Nico Bento to the Lusa news agency, today.

Although thrilled with the news, Nico believes that this result is already late, because by now he has spent two and a half years in prison. "They took my life", accused the Portuguese, who is in parole since late March.

The Portuguese immigrant now intends to seek compensation from the English authorities and to understand "how and why he was the victim" of an error of Justice.

According to the defense lawyer, Peter Hughman the end of the case should be formalized in court next week at a date yet to schedule.

Once he is finally exonerated, Nicolas Bento wants to return to Portugal: "I want to go home to be with all who have helped me".


Sources in Correio da Manhã, Diário de Noticias, TVI  and Lusa News Agency



5 comments:

  1. Oh, the flawless english justice system...

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  2. AND WHAT ABOUT A BIG COMPENSATION???!!!
    This young man, along with his family, went through a hellish two and a half years wasting away in a british jail, he was insulted by the cops because of his nationality and the color of his skin, told he was just a black portuguese nobody and that he would rot in jail!
    Two and a half years lost forever!
    SOMEONE MUST BE MADE ACCOUNTABLE!

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  3. Shame on those cops and all that act according to racial prejudices.
    All the best to Nicolas , nothing can pay the hell he , an innocent person, passed but UK authorities MUST pay him a big compensation.

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  4. " Evidence was Weak "

    " The main evidence against Nico was a video recorded by a CCTV camera that allegedly showed Kamila crossing a street with a handbag that Nico had in his possession."

    " The police and the Luton Crown Court believed that the handbag found with Nico proved that he had been with her. "

    " According to Peter Hughman, "there isn't a single mark on the body indicating that there has been struggle or to suggest homicide", the police and prosecutors built the case based on "very weak evidence" "


    And yet, it was enough to arrest, charge and convict Nicolas Bentoto a jail sentence...BUT...blood vestiges, cadaver odour, DNA, found in the apartment, clothes, hired car, inconsistencies and lies in the statements and much more were not nearly enough to further investigate the McCanns and their friends in the disappearance of Madeleine!
    "Not a single shred of evidence, not one"...

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  5. Letter from Iberia
    It really is amazing that in the United Kingdom a “visitor” innocent of any crime or wrongdoing, was arrested by the police, and charged, put on trial and found guilty of murder with absolutely no evidence.

    Yet in Portugal the McCann’s who refused to answer questions, take part in a reconstruction and have so much evidence against them, including detector dogs witnesses and forensics.
    But not only were they not charged, they were escorted like celebrities from Portugal and in the process of getting away with murder made fools of the Portuguese police who would not even charge them with being negligent.

    Unlike the unfortunate innocent man Portuguese who after due process, justice has been done and he is to be freed.
    However there will be charges brought against the McCann’s who are so guilty and no Portuguese justice for an innocent little girl

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