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An undercover television investigator working on Channel 4’s Dispatches was convicted of torturing a father of two 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.
Christopher Guest More Jr, 43, (pictured) is guilty of murdering Brian Waters, 44, at a Cheshire farmhouse over a £20,000 drugs debt on June 19, 2003.
Over four 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 a liquid to simulate drowning and beaten inside a cow shed at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford.
Mr Razak described how he himself was also suspended from rafters into a barrel which was filled with fluid, before having plant food poured over his body de él, a pillowcase on his head set alight, and a staple gun used on his feet and body de he.
Mr Waters’ son Gavin, then 25, and daughter Natalie, who turned 21 the day before his death from him, were also at the farm, the court heard.
They were tied up and forced to watch as their father from him was murdered by his attackers, who tied a bin bag over his head and set it alight, causing it to melt.
Meanwhile his wife de ella Julie, then 42, was abducted from their family home de ella in Nantwich and also brought to the site, where she discovered the dead body of her husband de ella.
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.
Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson, the senior investigating officer, said Mr Waters’ family continued to be affected by the crime.
She said: ‘They have remained very insular and haven’t been able to move on with their lives.
‘They have remained very scared to this day because somebody’s been outstanding for the murder of their husband and father.’
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 detectives from Cheshire Constabulary, the prosecution team and everyone else involved in the case for all of their hard work and tireless and extensive investigations, which now span more than 18 years.
‘We would also like to extend our thanks to the Family Liaison Officers for their help, advice and support over the years.
‘What happened at Burnt House Farm on 19 June 2003 has had a significant and long-lasting effect on our family.
‘We will never be able to forget events of that day and, even now, more than 18 years down the line, we feel the pain on a daily basis with constant flashbacks.
‘We have remained a close-knit family and have provided much-needed support to each other – but this has been an isolating experience for us and not only have we lived in fear of reprisals we have also struggled to trust others as we normally would .
‘It’s similar to the feelings people have experienced in the current COVID crisis – not being able to leave their home and having to stay inside to feel safe. We have been living like that for more than 18 years.
‘But we never gave up hope and the verdict today marks the end of an incredibly painful journey in our lives. We would now ask that our privacy is respected and we are left alone as a family as we try and move forward with 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, 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.
More claimed that had been part of his role as an undercover television reporter.
He said he had only befriended the drug dealer 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 could take him to a farm. of cannabis that I could film. for a documentary on Dispatches.
He admitted to stealing cannabis and farm equipment the morning of the murder, but denied having 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 it was not executed until June 6, 2019 in Malta.
The court heard that More was using a UK passport in the name Andrew Christopher Lamb.
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 for undercover filming, 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.
Mr Power said: “The farm was set up at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, that area where he was ultimately going to be killed.”
The jury was told that Waters also ran a cannabis farm in the Netherlands, where he regularly traveled and negotiated deals for other people, including the drug dealer and one of his convicted murderers, Wilson, now 71.
Power said Waters owed Wilson money and that at one point he had to work to pay £ 20,000 which was confiscated from him while he was traveling back from the Netherlands.
“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,” Mr. Power said at trial.
The court heard that More, who was driving a Porsche Boxster, did not pay for the cocaine that Wilson supplied him.
Power said mobile phone evidence from nine days prior to 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.
The prosecutor told the court: ‘While Mr. More was traveling, following Gavin Waters to Crewe, with whom he was keeping in touch but with John Wilson.
“John Wilson, convicted of murder, John Wilson, to whom Brian Waters owed a drug debt of £ 20,000”.
He said More followed Gavin to his father’s cannabis farm, which Waters had hidden from Wilson.
Telephone records showed More continued to call Wilson while he was near Burnt House Farm, the court heard.
Mr. Power said, “Could that call, while Gavin is on the farm, be Mr. More telling John Wilson ‘bingo, I found it'”?
More denied Waters’ murder and conspiracy to inflict serious bodily harm on Waters and Razak.
Christopher Guest More Jr Quick 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