'Minder', 50, who stabbed drug addict boss, 37, to death is jailed

‘Minder’, 50, who stabbed drug addict boss, 37, to death and dumped body in reservoir after he inherited £140,000 is jailed for life for murder – but claims he was ‘asked by victim to help him end his life’

  • Nigel Honey, 50, drove a knife into Edward Hinds’, 37, chest in west Cornwall
  • Former minder Honey yesterday admitted murder and was jailed for life
  • Judge Simon Carr said Mr Hinds was unwell and misusing cocaine
  • Grandfather Honey threw Mr Hinds’ body off a dam and into a reservoir

Nigel Honey, 50, drove a knife into 37-year-old Edward Hinds’ chest

A ‘minder’ has been jailed for life for murder after stabbing his drug addict boss to death and dumping the body in a reservoir.

Nigel Honey, 50, drove a knife into 37-year-old Edward Hinds’ chest as they sat together in a field near the flat they rented in Lelant, west Cornwall, in February – just months after Mr Hinds inherited £140,000.

Former minder Honey yesterday admitted murder and was jailed for life, with a minimum jail-term of eighteen-and-a-half years. 

Judge Simon Carr said Mr Hinds placed a knife against his own chest but Honey ‘forced it into his body causing a fatal wound from which he died’. 

The judge said Mr Hinds was unwell and misusing cocaine but with care and support he could have led a long and fulfilling life.

Judge Carr told Truro Crown Court Mr Hinds could not kill himself because of his religious beliefs so asked his friend and employee Honey to ‘help end his life’. 

Grandfather and father-of-four Honey then bundled Mr Hinds’ body into the boot of the dead man’s car and drove to the Drift reservoir near Penzance, west Cornwall.

Honey then used a rope to tie a concrete block around his feet before tossing his body into the water from the dam. The rope broke free and the body floated to the surface. 

A dog walker spotted the body floating in the reservoir and a post mortem showed Mr Hinds had been stabbed 15cm in the chest. 

The judge said it was a planned murder and Honey took significant steps to hide his body before using his vehicle and bank cards to go on a £1,400 spending spree in the four days following the killing. 

Judge Carr said in 2020 Mr Hinds received a substantial inheritance from his father which worried his mother because of his drug misuse. 

He said Honey worked for the victim as a ‘minder’ as his severe depression and paranoid beliefs worsened. 

The men met in the Midlands in late 2020 shortly after Mr Hinds inherited £140,000 from his father’s estate.

The judge said it was a planned murder and Honey took significant steps to hide his body before using his vehicle and bank cards to go on a £1,400 spending spree in the four days following the killing. Pictured, Mr Hinds

Mr Hinds, who came from the Midlands area, splashed out on a £32,000 BMW car and was spending his money on drink and cocaine.

The judge was told Mr Hinds suffered with paranoia and long-standing deep-seated mental health problems.

Mr Hinds started to treat Honey in an ‘awful’ way and ‘talked down to him and treated him like his pet’, the judge was told. 

Honey confessed to his step daughter in Warwickshire ‘Edwards Hinds wanted the defendant to kill him’ adding ‘he had enough of life, he did not want to be here anymore’.

The victim’s family told the court that Mr Hinds was ‘an adored, beautiful boy with a great sense of fun who was special and thoughtful’.

His mother said her heart was broken and will never mend and her ‘loving and caring’ son’s death was ‘too horrific to contemplate’.

Honey said he dumped the body at the reservoir because Mr Hinds wanted to ‘return to nature’.

Honey’s family said he was a ‘lovable rogue, a rough diamond Del Boy character whose heart was in the right place’.

Det Insp Steve Hambly from the Major Crime Team said: ‘Honey admitted the murder and his explanation for his actions, whilst difficult to understand to most, has been heard in detail and considered by the judge.

‘We do not live in a society where the life of another can be taken, even if, as Honey claimed, Edward wanted to die.’ 

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