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Two men charged with murder after Rico Dardis found drowned

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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Two men charged with murdering Rico Dardis

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Two men have been charged with murder in Dorset after a third man was found drowned.

Today’s announcement by Dorset Police comes seven months after Rico Dardis, aged 30, was found dead near groynes at Seaway Avenue in the Friars Cliff area of Christchurch.

Police were first alerted to the incident by two members of the public who raised the alarm after witnessing two men acting suspiciously aboard a boat.

The men were stopped in a vehicle a short time later and detained.

Today the Force said that a 50-year-old Bournemouth man and a 51-year-old man of no fixed abode have been charged with the murder of Mr Dardis who was found dead at 9.10pm on May 2.7

The cause of his death was given as drowning by the Coroner’s Court in Bournemouth.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of The Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following an extensive and thorough investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team we have now charged two men.

“They will remain in custody for their appearance at Bournemouth Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Thursday December 19.

“It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 27:447.

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