Last picture of Rico Dardis taken by one of his killers on day he died on speedboat

Bournemouth Echo: Last picture of Rico Dardis taken by one of his killers on day he died on speedboat Last picture of Rico Dardis taken by one of his killers on day he died on speedboat

THIS is the last known photograph of murder victim Rico Dardis taken on the day that he was killed.

The picture was snapped by one of his killers- Paul Gerlach- on board the boat as they left the harbour on that fateful day.

Another exclusive picture obtained by the Echo shows the murderers photographed on Friar’s Cliff by passersby as the speedboat washed ashore.

Bournemouth Echo:

 

At the trial, the court heard that the engine had stopped after the boat hit Mr Dardis, and it took several hours to reach the shore.

This photograph shows Paul Gerlach standing in the beached boat while Louis Borzoni inspects the propeller.

On landing they were accosted by a local couple who helped them tie the boat up, then noticed Mr Dardis’ body in the surf at the stern.

The court was told Borzoni responded to their questions by saying “Oh, maybe it’s a dummy”.

Among the evidence used against the pair was a selection of covert police recordings of their conversations with friends and family after their initial release on bail.

In these, they were heard plotting to agree on a consistent version of events.

Both were also heard confessing to the murder, Borzoni to his brother and Gerlach to his estranged wife.

In the latter recording, which was played to the court, Gerlach said: “I killed him, I killed him.

“We pushed him off to get him away. He was floating in the water. You want to know the truth, that’s the truth.”

He then described putting the speedboat in full throttle and used his hands to demonstrate the sound of the boat hitting Mr Dardis.

He said he wasn’t remorseful as Mr Dardis “deserved it”.

Asked in court why he had confessed to murder if he was innocent, he said he had been trying to impress her by showing that Mr Dardis couldn’t “push him around”.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “My thoughts are with the family of Rico Dardis and I hope that today’s verdict brings some closure for them.

"This was a violent attack with a very tragic outcome for someone who was a popular and well liked character in the Boscombe area.”

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10:08am Tue 1 Jul 14

mmmmmmm says...

So the judge hopes they get closure,then the Echo publishes these photos,that's very bad of you echo
So the judge hopes they get closure,then the Echo publishes these photos,that's very bad of you echo mmmmmmm
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10:25am Tue 1 Jul 14

Tweacle Tart says...

What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.
What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out. Tweacle Tart
  • Score: 0

10:55am Tue 1 Jul 14

twynham says...

I am renown for enjoying what a lot of people consider bad taste but even I find this a bit ghoulish.
I am renown for enjoying what a lot of people consider bad taste but even I find this a bit ghoulish. twynham
  • Score: 8

11:17am Tue 1 Jul 14

street warrior says...

Tweacle Tart wrote:
What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.
He's holding a Duck!!!
[quote][p][bold]Tweacle Tart[/bold] wrote: What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.[/p][/quote]He's holding a Duck!!! street warrior
  • Score: 7

1:49pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

street warrior wrote:
Tweacle Tart wrote:
What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.
He's holding a Duck!!!
Probably to strangle and eat it.
[quote][p][bold]street warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tweacle Tart[/bold] wrote: What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.[/p][/quote]He's holding a Duck!!![/p][/quote]Probably to strangle and eat it. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -13

2:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Tweacle Tart says...

street warrior wrote:
Tweacle Tart wrote:
What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.
He's holding a Duck!!!
Thank you.

How utterly bizarre!!
[quote][p][bold]street warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tweacle Tart[/bold] wrote: What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.[/p][/quote]He's holding a Duck!!![/p][/quote]Thank you. How utterly bizarre!! Tweacle Tart
  • Score: 3

8:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

rozmister says...

Tweacle Tart wrote:
street warrior wrote:
Tweacle Tart wrote:
What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.
He's holding a Duck!!!
Thank you.

How utterly bizarre!!
Maybe it was injured or landed on their boat for some reason?
[quote][p][bold]Tweacle Tart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]street warrior[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tweacle Tart[/bold] wrote: What is he holding in that photograph? I can't make it out.[/p][/quote]He's holding a Duck!!![/p][/quote]Thank you. How utterly bizarre!![/p][/quote]Maybe it was injured or landed on their boat for some reason? rozmister
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Tue 1 Jul 14

truthhurts!! says...

It doesn't matter if he was liked or not the two polish pieces of s××t should be executed for this!!!!! My thoughts are with his family! RIP
It doesn't matter if he was liked or not the two polish pieces of s××t should be executed for this!!!!! My thoughts are with his family! RIP truthhurts!!
  • Score: 4

10:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

iseestupidpeople says...

How on earth can these two scumbags afford a nice Maxum sports boat?? I thought I read they were homeless?
How on earth can these two scumbags afford a nice Maxum sports boat?? I thought I read they were homeless? iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 9

10:29am Wed 2 Jul 14

hadvar says...

I'm afraid I dont hold with this kind of article. What does it bring to the story? Seems in rather poor taste to me, can the Echo please hang it's metaphorical head in shame.
I'm afraid I dont hold with this kind of article. What does it bring to the story? Seems in rather poor taste to me, can the Echo please hang it's metaphorical head in shame. hadvar
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tweacle Tart says...

iseestupidpeople wrote:
How on earth can these two scumbags afford a nice Maxum sports boat?? I thought I read they were homeless?
You know, that was my first thought but, from the evidence given by Gerlach, it was his boat and he bought it with some money he inhertited. He met Borzoni years earlier at a half way house when his house was repossessed after he was made redundant. He lived there for a year then found a new job. Became unemployed again two years ago and hit the bottle hard by the sounds of it. He was estranged from his wife so she probably kicked him leaving him on the street to drink freely with his waster pals.

To be honest though, I would have sold the boat rather than be homeless!
[quote][p][bold]iseestupidpeople[/bold] wrote: How on earth can these two scumbags afford a nice Maxum sports boat?? I thought I read they were homeless?[/p][/quote]You know, that was my first thought but, from the evidence given by Gerlach, it was his boat and he bought it with some money he inhertited. He met Borzoni years earlier at a half way house when his house was repossessed after he was made redundant. He lived there for a year then found a new job. Became unemployed again two years ago and hit the bottle hard by the sounds of it. He was estranged from his wife so she probably kicked him leaving him on the street to drink freely with his waster pals. To be honest though, I would have sold the boat rather than be homeless! Tweacle Tart
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Bomogirl says...

Disgusting. Wish I hadn't seen this article. Why do we need to see that etched into our memories forever. That picture of him not knowing he's off to his death is vile, morbid and unesscerary. Come on, I expect this from the sun, daily mail, not the local echo.
Disgusting. Wish I hadn't seen this article. Why do we need to see that etched into our memories forever. That picture of him not knowing he's off to his death is vile, morbid and unesscerary. Come on, I expect this from the sun, daily mail, not the local echo. Bomogirl
  • Score: 0

10:42pm Wed 2 Jul 14

UrbanCrab says...

truthhurts!! wrote:
It doesn't matter if he was liked or not the two polish pieces of s××t should be executed for this!!!!! My thoughts are with his family! RIP
They're not polish, they're English.
[quote][p][bold]truthhurts!![/bold] wrote: It doesn't matter if he was liked or not the two polish pieces of s××t should be executed for this!!!!! My thoughts are with his family! RIP[/p][/quote]They're not polish, they're English. UrbanCrab
  • Score: 0

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