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Man, 33, handed life term for murder of former Altrincham restaurant boss

By David Prior at

A 33-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of a former Altrincham restaurant boss.

Vincenzo Tavano (above), 33, of Park Lane, Poynton, has been jailed for life at Manchester Crown Square Court today with a minimum term of 17 years after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Giorgio Roncari, a 61-year-old Italian, was discovered at his two-bedroom flat in Salford on April 17.

The former Home bar in Little Bollington, which has now closed

Just over a week later, Tavano was arrested on suspicion of Giorgio’s murder and despite answering no comment to questions in his police interviews, then admitted his involvement.

The court heard he placed a plastic bag over the head of Roncari – a former director of Home bar and restaurant in Little Bollington on the outskirts of Altrincham – before taking cash and bank cards from his lifeless body.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “Tavano’s anger fuelled his actions that night, taking a man’s life over a dispute.

“The immoral and opportunist behaviour he displayed after he murdered a man proves there is no place better for him than behind bars.

“Giorgio was a well-liked and popular man in Salford and will be terribly missed. My thoughts remain with his family and friends at this time.”

Roncari was also registered as a director of Sopranos, an Italian restaurant formerly based in King’s Court, between 2005 and 2010. Most recently he had been manager at the now closed Avalanche restaurant in Manchester.

Giorgio Roncari Pic: Facebook