An undercover TV researcher has been found guilty of the torture and murder of a father of two at a hashish farm.
Christopher Guest More was convicted of killing Brian Waters at Chester Crown Courtroom – greater than 18 years after the murder.
More, who had performed undercover work with journalist Donal McIntyre, was arrested in Malta in 2019, the place had been residing underneath the identify Andrew Lamb.
On Thursday, the 43-year-old was additionally found guilty of conspiracy to trigger grievous bodily hurt to Suleman Razak, who labored on Burnt Home Farm in Tabley, close to Knutsford, Cheshire, and was tortured concurrently the 2003 killing.
Mr Waters was a drug vendor rising hashish on the farm, which was found by More after he adopted the sufferer’s 25-year-old son Gavin.
Tied up, overwhelmed and suspended from the rafters
On 19 June 2003, Mr Waters was tortured and killed on the farm in entrance of his 21-year-old daughter Natalie, and Gavin, whereas his spouse Julie was kidnapped from the household residence and pushed to the situation.
Mr Waters and Mr Razak, who survived the four-hour ordeal, have been tied up and suspended from rafters, overwhelmed, dropped in barrels of liquid, had staple weapons used on their our bodies and have been assaulted with a metallic bar.
When police arrived on the scene, following a name created from a cellphone field, they found a bag containing cigarette ends, drinks bottles, and even a bag of faeces which all had traces of More’s DNA.
What does More say?
The researcher claimed he had befriended drug vendor John Wilson, one of three males already convicted of the murder as a result of he thought he may promote a narrative on him being a police informant to the media.
He stated he thought Wilson may lead him to a hashish farm which he may movie for a Dispatches documentary.
The courtroom heard how Mr Waters owed Wilson £20,000 in medicine debt.
James Raven, who did tv work with More, and Otis Matthews have additionally been convicted of murder at earlier trials.
Giving proof, More, who had been working as a yacht captain and businessman in Malta, claimed he had gone to the farm that morning to steal hashish tools however left when he had an argument with Raven and realised Wilson, who was not on the scene, had found he was working undercover.
He left the nation for Spain two days later and, after travelling to South Africa, Mozambique and Turkey, settled in Malta.
‘We by no means gave up hope’
In an announcement, the household of Mr Waters stated: “We’ll by no means have the ability to neglect occasions of that day and, even now, greater than 18 years down the road, we really feel the ache every day with fixed flashbacks.
“However we by no means gave up hope and the decision immediately marks the tip of an extremely painful journey in our lives.”
Choose Sir Peter Openshaw stated More can be sentenced on Friday.
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