A man has been jailed for the murder of Darren McMinn, who was brutally killed and dumped in a reservoir.
Candido Pereira was sentenced to 24 years in prison at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 28 October 2016. Another man, Nicholas Hindle, was also sentenced to four years for assisting an offender.
Darren McMinn was last seen by relatives at an address in the Halliwell area of Bolton at around 11:30am on Monday 11 April 2016. He was reported missing by concerned family members four days later.
On the night of his disappearance, Darren had visited Pereira. During the visit a fight broke out and Pereira stabbed and strangled McMinn to death. Pereira later wrapped Darren’s body in plastic bags and joined by Hindle, disposed of the body at Yarrow reservoir.
Following an extensive police investigation, Pereira was arrested. After three days of questioning he admitted to being involved with Darren’s murder. Pereira then directed officers to Alance Bridge, over the Yarrow Reservoir, in Rivington, Lancashire.
On 3 May 2016, Darren’s body was recovered from the reservoir. His body had been heavily weighted down to stop him from resurfacing.
GMP’s Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jones said: “This sentence brings to a close a prolonged investigation which started with Darren’s disappearance and then tragically became a murder enquiry”.
GMP hopes that the sentence will give the family some closure.
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