Undercover TV researcher convicted of torturing and murdering father in front ...

Undercover TV researcher convicted of torturing and murdering father in front ...
Undercover TV researcher convicted of torturing and murdering father in front ...

An undercover TV researcher who worked on Channel 4's Dispatches has been found guilty of torturing a father-of-two to death in front of his children at a cannabis farm.

Christopher Guest More Jr, now 44, murdered Brian Waters, 44, at a Cheshire farmhouse over a £20,000 drugs debt on June 19, 2003, a jury has found. 

More was convicted by a majority of 10 to 2 at Chester Crown Court on Monday.

On Thursday, after 12 hours and 12 minutes of deliberations, the jury also found him guilty by a majority verdict of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to Suleman Razak, who worked on the cannabis farm and was tortured at the same time as the Mr Waters. 

More, wearing a grey suit and white shirt, shook his head as the verdicts were returned.

It comes after a previous trial in May ended in a hung jury when jurors failed to reach a majority verdict following 15 hours of deliberation, leading to a re-trial.

Over three hours, Mr Waters sustained 123 injuries as he was whipped, burned with acid, attacked with a staple gun, hung upside down, suspended head first into water to simulate drowning and beaten at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford.  

Chester Crown Court heard how Mr Waters was killed in a disused cow shed while another man, Suleman Razak, was tortured at the same time.

Mr Razak described how he was suspended from rafters into a barrel which was filled with fluid, before having plant food poured over his body, a pillowcase on his head set alight, and a staple gun used on his feet and body. 

Mr Waters' son Gavin, then 25, and 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 as their father was murdered by his attackers, who tied a bin bag over his head and set it alight, causing it to melt.  

Christopher Guest More Jr, 43, (pictured) stood accused of murdering Brian Waters, 44, at a Cheshire farmhouse over a £20,000 drugs debt on June 19, 2003.

Christopher Guest More Jr, 43, (pictured) stood accused of murdering Brian Waters, 44, at a Cheshire farmhouse over a £20,000 drugs debt on June 19, 2003.

Chester Crown Court heard how Mr Waters (pictured) was killed in a disused cow shed at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford, while another man, Suleman Razak, was tortured at the same time

Chester Crown Court heard how Mr Waters (pictured) was killed in a disused cow shed at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford, while another man, Suleman Razak, was tortured at the same time

Mr Waters was tortured to death in front of his family at the farmhouse. He was murdered in the shed and his body dumped in milking parlour (Pictured: Scene of torture and murder)

Mr Waters was tortured to death in front of his family at the farmhouse. He was murdered in the shed and his body dumped in milking parlour (Pictured: Scene of torture and murder)

Meanwhile his wife Julie, then 42, was abducted from their family home in Nantwich and also brought to the site, where she discovered the dead body of her husband. 

The jury heard Mr Waters died of multiple injuries following the attack. He had staples in his head and body and was assaulted with an iron bar and other weapons, the jury was told.

More has now been found guilty of being one of six men involved in the killing. 

The court was told that he fled the country shortly after and was found living in Malta 16 years later in 2019. 

Nigel Power QC, prosecuting, previously told of how More's DNA was found on a glove, cigarette ends, a drinks bottle and faeces recovered from the cow shed of the farm, where the four-hour torture session took place. 

More had denied being present when the attacks took place but Mr Power said he had made a number of reconnaissance visits to the open land of the farm before the day of the murder.

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