Dorchester murder investigation - man charged
Detectives investigating the death of Elliot Handley in Dorchester have charged a man with his murder.
At around 9.50pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015, police were called to a flat in The Grove and discovered the body of the 46-year-old from Eastleigh.
A post mortem examination revealed Elliot had died from multiple blunt force head injuries.
Today, Wednesday 9 September 2015, 43-year-old Simon Bennett, of Dorchester, was charged with Elliot’s murder. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Thursday 10 September 2015.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following enquiries, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of murder.
“Family liaison officers have updated Elliot’s family with this development and the thoughts of the investigation team are with them. Clearly this is a difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy.”
A 47-year-old man from Dorchester and a 69-year-old man from Weymouth, who had been arrested on suspicion of murder, were released from bail without charge in June.
John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: “I have today authorised Dorset Police to charge Simon Bennett with the murder of Elliot Handley.
“Mr Handley was found dead in a flat in Dorchester on 26 May 2015, the post mortem revealed that he died from multiple blunt force head injuries. It is believed that his death occurred between the 23 and 26 May.
“I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Dorset Police, and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Simon Bennett for the murder Elliot Handley.
“He will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Thursday 10 September 2015.
“Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
ISSUED: 9 September 2015