Men jailed for murder of Falmouth pensioner

Police have welcomed the conviction of Kevin Cooper and Trewen Kevern, who have been found guilty of the murder of 72-year-old David Alderson [pictured] from Falmouth.

Kevin Cooper, 35, of Poldory View, Carharrack, and Trewen Kevern, 22, of Godolphin Road, Falmouth, were today sentenced at Truro Crown Court to life imprisonment. Cooper was convicted to serve a minimum term of 28 years and Kevern to serve a minimum term of 20 years.

The court heard that Mr Alderson was tricked into driving to the disused Wheal Maid mine near Carharrack on 17 January 2014.

Mr Alderson was beaten and dragged into a pond where he was left to drown. His body was found the next morning by a dog walker.

The men then stole Mr Alderson’s house keys and entered his flat before stealing a substantial sum of money from his safe.

Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I am pleased with today’s convictions.

David Alderson was a 72-year-old man who lived alone in Falmouth.

“He was generous to those that befriended him and this ultimately was his downfall. Once it was known that he kept a large amount of cash at his home a plan was devised to murder him and steal his money.

“Mr Alderson was tricked into driving to a remote quarry at Wheal Maid, where he was brutally attacked and left to drown in a pond.His house keys were taken from him and used to enter his home to steal his money.

“From that point on a web of lies was spun to cover for Mr Alderson’s disappearance and the acquisition of his money. These lies have now finally come undone. “This was a tragic and challenging incident for all those concerned.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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