A Court in Australia has scheduled a new trial in the trial of P & O Cruises passenger Mark Wilhelm who was charged with the manslaughter death of fellow passenger Dianne Brimble aboard the P & O cruise ship Pacific Sky.

In October, a jury failed to reach a verdict in the first trial. 

Dianne Brimble Cruise Ship TrialThe Crown charged Wilhelm of manslaughter of Ms. Brimble who died on the P&O cruise ship in September 2002 after being given the illegal drug GHB, also known as fantasy or liquid ecstasy.  In addition to the manslaughter charges, the Crown charged Wilhem with the lesser charge of providing an illegal substance to Ms. Brimble.

This is great news for the Brimble family, who has been steadfast in their resolve to see this matter through until the judicial process has been exhausted. 

The new trial is scheduled for April 19, 2010.

Ms. Brimble’s family joined International Cruise Victims (“ICV”) organization to bring awareness to the problem of cruise ship crime. Mr. Brimble is the President of the ICV chapter in Australia. Information regarding Ms. Brimble is available on the ICV website

I have written a number of articles about the danger of date rape drugs on cruise ships and Ms. Brimble’s case:

Date Rape Drugs on Cruise Ships – the Death of Dianne Brimble

"Crawfishing" – Passengers in P & O Cruises Death Case Can’t Remember A Thing

Another Crawfishing Witness in the Dianne Brimble Trial

Jury Is Out in Dianne Brimble Cruise Death Case

Dianne Brimble and the Lessons to Teach Our Young Men

Jury Reaches Partial Verdict in Dianne Brimble Case

Hung Jury in Dianne Brimble Cruise Death Trial


Photo Credit      International Cruise Victims ("ICV")