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Gun enthusiast 'murdered in quarry' in Cornwall

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Image caption David Alderson was found dead in a pond at a disused quarry

A gun enthusiast was murdered when he was lured to a disused quarry on the pretext of buying handguns, a court has heard.

David Alderson, 72, was found dead, face down in a pond at disused mine workings near Bissoe, Cornwall, in January 2014.

Truro Crown Court heard Kevin Cooper of Poldory View, Carharrack, and Trewen Kevern of Tresillian Road, Falmouth, beat Mr Alderson and drowned him.

Both men deny murder.

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Prosecuting, Martin Meeke said Mr Alderson legally kept an arsenal of weapons, ammunition and gunpowder along with about £40,000 cash in two safes within his Falmouth flat.

'Beaten and dragged'

Mr Alderson drove from Falmouth to Wheal Maid mine with the defendants believing he was going to meet someone selling handguns.

Mr Meeke said he was then beaten around the head probably until unconscious, and dragged to the pond.

His head was then probably held down in the water to ensure he was dead, the court was told.

Image caption David Alderson's body was found face down in a pond at Wheal Maid mine

Mr Alderson was found wearing his cycling clothes the following day.

His glasses and dentures were found several metres from his body.

The court was told the defendants used a cover story to explain how they suddenly came to be in possession of large amounts of money.

Mr Cooper, 35, told friends he had recovered the money from a nearby traveller site at Carharrack where it was buried underground, and Mr Kevern, 23, went with him as a look-out.

The retrial, at Truro Crown Court, continues.

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