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An undercover television investigator working on Channel 4’s Dispatches was convicted of torturing a father of two children to death in front of his children on a cannabis farm.
Christopher Guest More Jr, now 43, murdered Brian Waters, 44, on a Cheshire farm for a £ 20,000 drug debt on June 19, 2003, a jury found.More was convicted by a 10-2 majority in Chester Crown Court on Monday.
On Thursday, after 12 hours and 14 minutes of deliberation, the jury also found him guilty of conspiracy to cause serious bodily harm to Suleman Razak, who worked on the cannabis farm and was tortured at the same time as Waters.
More, dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, shook his head as the verdicts were delivered.
It comes after an earlier trial in May ended in a hung jury when jurors failed to reach a majority verdict after 15 hours of deliberation, leading to a new trial.
Three other men, John Wilson, James Raven and Otis Matthews, were previously convicted of the murder and conspiracy of Mr. Waters to cause serious bodily harm to him and Mr. Razak after the 2004-2007 trials.
Over four hours, Mr. Waters suffered 123 injuries when he was whipped, burned with acid, attacked with a staple gun, hung upside down, suspended with his head in liquid to simulate drowning, and beaten inside a Cow barn at Burnt House Farm in Tabley. near Knutsford.
Mr Razak described how he himself was also suspended from the rafters in a barrel that was filled with liquid, before plant food was poured over his body from him, a pillowcase was pinned to his head and a gun was put on him. of staples on the feet and body. he.
Waters’ son Gavin, then 25, and his daughter Natalie, who turned 21 the day before his death, were also at the farm, the court heard.
They were tied up and forced to watch his father killed by his attackers, who tied a garbage bag over his head and set him on fire, causing him to melt.
Meanwhile, her wife of hers Julie, then 42 years old, was abducted from her family home in Nantwich and also taken to her place, where she discovered the body of her husband of hers.
The jury heard that Waters died of multiple injuries after the attack. He had staples to his head and body and was assaulted with an iron bar and other weapons, the jury was told.
Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson
Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson, the lead investigating officer, said Waters’ family continued to be affected by the crime.
She said: “They have remained very isolated and have not been able to move on with their lives.
“They have remained very scared to this day because someone stood out for the murder of her husband and father.”
The family said in a statement today:
The family said in a statement today: “We are delighted with the guilty verdict and pleased that Christopher Guest More Jr is finally facing justice for his part of him in the horrific murder of a loving husband and father.
“We would like to thank the Cheshire Police detectives, the prosecution team and everyone else involved in the case for all their hard work and tireless and extensive investigations, now spanning over 18 years.
“We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Family Liaison Officers for their help, advice and support throughout the years.
“What happened at Burnt House Farm on june 19, 2003 has had a significant and lasting effect on our family.
“We can never forget the events of that day and, even now, more than 18 years later, we feel the pain daily with constant flashbacks.
“ We remain a united family and have provided much needed support, but this has been an isolating experience for us and not only have we lived in fear of retaliation, we have also struggled to trust others as we normally would. ” . .
“It is similar to the feelings that people have experienced in the current COVID crisis: not being able to leave the house and having to stay inside to feel safe. We have been living like this for more than 18 years.
“But we never gave up hope and today’s verdict marks the end of an incredibly painful journey in our lives. We would now ask that our privacy be respected and that we be left alone as a family as we try to move on to the next chapter. ”
Judge Sir Peter Openshaw said More would be sentenced on Friday.
The court heard how More had fled the UK for Spain two days after the murder and, after traveling to South Africa, Mozambique and Turkey, settled in Malta, where he was found living 16 years later in 2019, working as a yacht captain and businessman. .
Nigel Power QC, the prosecutor, previously recounted how More’s DNA was found on a glove, cigarette butts, a beverage bottle and feces recovered from the farm barn where the four-hour torture session took place.
More claimed it had been partof his role as an undercover television reporter.
He said he had only befriended drug lord Wilson, one of the three men who had already been convicted of the murder, because he thought he could sell the media a story about him as a police informant and take him to a farm. of cannabis that he could film. for a documentary on law firms.
He admitted to stealing cannabis and farm equipment the morning of the murder, but denied any prior knowledge of the attacks, the jury was told.
He claimed that he had left the site when he had an argument with Raven and realized that Wilson, who was not at the scene, had discovered that he was working undercover.
Power said More flew to Malaga, Spain, in the early morning of June 21, 2003, two days after the murder.
A European arrest warrant was issued in 2004, but he was not executed until June 6, 2019 in Malta.
The court heard that More was using a UK passport in the name of Andrew Christopher Lamb.
At More’s trial in March this year, Mr. Power added:
At More’s trial in March this year, Mr. Power added: ‘This defendant, Christopher Guest More Jr, the man he is to try, fled the country on June 21, 2003 and for 16 years evaded capture until 2019, when he was discovered living a new life under a false name in Malta. ”
The jury was told that More, who was 25 at the time and living in Lymm, had been involved in undercover work for television shows, often working with the convicted murderer Raven, his cousin.
In 2002, a production company working for Channel 4’s Dispatches program asked More and Raven to locate a cannabis farm to secretly film, which was filming a program on the reclassification of the drug, the court heard.
Mr. Power said: “But even though they said they had located an illegal crop, what is sometimes called a cannabis farm, this route was not followed and the show aired without any work from Mr. More or Mr. Raven ”.
The court heard that Waters had established a cannabis farm with his friend Mujahid Majid, known as Johnny, in june 2002
“When we come to tell you about drug trafficking shortly, you will hear that John Wilson was a drug dealer and supplied this defendant with cocaine from time to time,” Power said at trial.
The court heard that More, who was driving a Porsche Boxster, failed to pay for the cocaine Wilson supplied him.
Power said mobile phone evidence from nine days before the murder showed that the defendant, who was described as a private investigator, appeared to be driving to the Waters’ home and following the victim’s son, Gavin, to Crewe.
Quicks and Facts
- Christopher Guest More Jr, 43, found guilty of murdering Brian Waters, 44, in 2003 at Chester Crown Court
- Mr Waters was tortured in front of his children in a four-hour ordeal inside a cow shed at his cannabis farm
- The cannabis grower was murdered by six attackers over a £20,000 drug debt, the court was previously told
- More fled UK two days after the murder and lived a life of luxury in Malta for 16 years before being captured
- More had to undergo a retrial in November after a previous trial in May this year ended with a hung jury