Cornwall

Cyclist David Alderson 'beaten up and left to drown'

David Alderson Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption David Alderson's death was initially treated as a cycling accident

A man was beaten up and left face down in a pond at a disused quarry in Cornwall where he drowned, Truro Crown Court has heard.

David Alderson's body was found at the Wheal Maid mine in west Cornwall in January 2014.

Kevin Cooper, 34, of Poldary View, Carharrack, then used Mr Alderson's keys to steal about £40,000 from his flat, said prosecutor Martin Meeke.

Mr Cooper and Trewen Kevern, 21, of Ashfield View, Falmouth, deny murder.

Mr Meeke told the court the defendants had taken Mr Alderson to the disused quarry near Carharrack and killed him for his money.

Mr Alderson's death was initially treated as a cycling accident.

The trial continues.

Image copyright Tony Atkin
Image caption Mr Alderson's body was found in a sunken pond at the disused Wheal Maid

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