An eight-year trial into the murder of Guernseywoman Sarah Groves is finally reaching a conclusion after "new evidence" was discovered, it has emerged.
Sarah's parents Vic and Kate Groves had to cease the regular press statements they issued throughout the course of the drawn-out trial following the appointment of two new senior judges, who imposed reporting restrictions on the content of hearings.
3,000 days since Sarah, aged 24, was murdered on board a houseboat in Kashmir, Northern India, there finally appears to have been a meaningful breakthrough.
Dutchman Richard de Wit stands accused of the crime. After more than 225 scheduled hearings beset by procedural delays, civil unrest and the absence of key witnesses, Kate and Vic say a conclusion in his trial is now within sight.
"The trial has entered a new and concluding phase with the discovery and disclosure of new evidence, recent hearings held in camera and, since February 1st of this year, the appointment of two new senior judges who imposed a strict reporting ban," they said.
Pictured: Richard de Wit is on trial for the murder of Sarah Groves on 6 April 2013.
"The closing stages of the trial have now been reached, and we are hoping that it will be concluded in the not-too-distant future."
The pursuit of justice for their murdered daughter has been a lengthy, heartbreaking story, punctuated by frustration and the fear that the search for the truth would ultimately be in vain.
Monday 21 June would have been Sarah's 33rd birthday.
"Her nearest and dearest and all her many friends around the world find this time of year especially sad and difficult," said Mr Groves.
"These feelings have been exacerbated over the years by the protracted and stuttering trial of the man accused of her murder."
Pictured: Kate and Vic Groves have experienced years of heartbreak since the murder of their daughter Sarah.
Kate and Vic recently reflected on some of fundraising inspired by Sarah's memory and the projects carried out in her name through the Sarah Groves Charitable Foundation.
Sarah's parents said that Guernsey's unflagging support had helped them to cope with the one of most traumatic events that can befall a parent.
"The tragedy that beset Sarah, and the devastating effect it has had and is still having on Sarah’s family, friends and acquaintances, would be much worse without these positive legacies and the support of everyone here in Guernsey. Together we will make sure she is never be forgotten."
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