THE trial of two men accused of murdering Rico Dardis will begin at Winchester Crown Court today.
Homeless Paul Mark Gerlach, 51, and 50-year-old Louis Borzoni, of Hamilton Road, Boscombe, have denied killing the 30-year-old on Monday, May 27 last year.
The body of Mr Dardis, 30, of Hawkwood Mews, Boscombe, was discovered near groynes at Seaway Avenue, Friar’s Cliff, Christchurch.
His cause of death was recorded by a coroner as drowning, and he also suffered injuries caused by a boat propeller.
Police were first alerted to the incident by members of the public, who said they had seen two men acting suspiciously in a boat.