Man charged with the murder of Elliot Handley


Simon Bennett, 43, from Dorchester was charged today with the murder Elliot Handley, 46, from Eastleigh who was found dead in a flat in Dorchester on 26 May 2015.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "I have today authorised Dorset Police to charge Simon Bennett with the murder of Elliot Handley.

"Mr Handley was found dead in a flat in Dorchester on 26 May 2015, the post mortem revealed that he died from multiple blunt force head injuries. It is believed that his death occurred between the 23rd and 26th May.

"I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Dorset Police, and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Simon Bennett for the murder Elliot Handley.

"He will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Thursday 10 September 2015.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."