A man charged with murder in connection with the death of a man in West Cornwall has been sent for trial at Bristol Crown Court by Truro magistrates.

Nigel Christopher Honey, 50, of no fixed abode appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court this morning from Exeter Prison by video link.

He is charged that he murdered 37-year-old Edward Hinds at Penzance between February 13 and February 18 this year.

Honey, wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm who he was and that he could hear the magistrate and that he understood the proceedings.

He was told that he had been charged with murder and would be held in custody and sent to Bristol Crown Court to appear at 10am on February 23 for a trial date to be set.

No plea was taken over the charge. 

Honey was told his custody time limit would be until October 18, 2021.

Edward Hinds

Edward Hinds

Police were called to Drift Reservoir near Penzance at 4pm on Thursday (February 18) following reports that a body had been seen in the water.

The man, now formally identified as 37-year-old Edward Hinds, was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Police said Mr Hinds was originally from the Midlands area but had been living in the Lelant area for the last few weeks.