Man jailed for killing his friend and burying him in a "concrete tomb"

15/07/2014

A man who confessed to killing his friend and burying him in a concrete tomb has today been sentenced to 14 years for the murder.

Sebastian Bendou, along with his friend Dominik Kocher, killed Christophe Borgye in May 2009. Bendou was convicted for the killing at Chester Crown Court in May.

He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for the crime at Preston Crown Court today (Tuesday July 15 2014).

In March, Dominik Kocher  was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, to serve a minimum of 23 years.

Bendou and Kocher buried Mr. Borgye in an outbuilding of the house in Hylton Court in Ellesmere Port he shared with Bendou and another man, Manuel Wagner.

Bendou, Kocher and Manuel Wagner, who were all French, then left the area and eventually settled in Scotland.

But in May 2013, almost exactly four years later, the strain of the deadly secret became too much for Bendou and he contacted local police and confessed to the killing.

He then led officers to the spot where Mr. Borgyes body was buried. It was wrapped in tarpaulin and encased in thick concrete.

A post mortem revealed that Mr. Borgye, who was originally from Ronchen in France, had died from a series of hammer blows to his head.

Christophe worked as a flight attendant and had moved to the UK in 2007. Hed lived in Liverpool with Bendou and Manuel Wagner.

In July 2008, all three moved to the address in Hylton Court where they met Dominik Kocher who lived in the same street with his family.

Kocher began to exert a strange influence over the men and appeared to control their finances. It's thought the murder was motivated by money but the exact reason has remained unclear.

Mr. Borgye was killed in the kitchen of the house they shared in April 2009 and the prosecution claimed that it was pre-meditated, with Kocher being the driving force.

Kocher, 35, was found guilty of murdering Mr. Borgye in March and Manuel Wagner, 26, was found not guilty of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.

Bendou was initially sectioned under the Mental Health Act after he confessed to the manslaughter of Mr. Borgye but was later deemed fit to stand trial and was convicted of murder.

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire, said: "Bendou led us to the grisly tomb of Christophe Borgye and he is now facing the consequences of his role in this tragedy.

"Mr. Borgye, Kocher and Bendou were all friends yet Kocher seemed to exert some strange influence over the others that we have never managed to get to the bottom of.

"Borgye and Bendou had their wages paid into Kocher's account and, in return, he seems to have managed their affairs.

"We may never know the reason why Bendou and Kocher killed My Borgye on that fateful day - the picture is too murky. But it seems likely that money was at the heart of it.

"Kocher bought knives in the days leading up to the killing and tarpaulin, bricks and cement. We've always maintained these were used in the killing and to then bury the body.

"This murder was planned, brutally executed and extensively covered up. The men responsible have now been brought to justice but the exact motive for the murder is still shrouded in mystery."