TV researcher who spent 16 years on the run convicted of murder

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An undercover TV researcher who spent 16 years wanted by police has been found guilty of the brutal torture and murder of a father in a cannabis field.

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Christopher Guest More 43 was convicted on Monday at Chester Crown Court by a majority of 10 to 2 after more than 18 years of murdering Brian Waters.

He was arrested in 2019 in Malta, where he was living under the name Andrew Lamb.


On Thursday, after 12 hours and 14 minutes of deliberation, the jury found Suleiman Razak also guilty by majority decision of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, who worked on a cannabis farm and at the same time the 2003 murders. as was tortured. ,

Burn House Farm in Tabley, Cheshire, where the murder took place (Cheshire Police/PA)

Dressed in a gray suit and white shirt, More nodded as he returned the verdict.

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In May, a jury was discharged after failing to agree a verdict, and a retrial began in November.

More claimed that he had befriended drug dealer John Wilson, one of three men already convicted of murder, because he thought he could sell a story to the media by being a police informant and that he may take him to a cannabis farm, for which he can film a dispatch documentary.

Mr Waters, a cannabis dealer growing the drug at Burn House Farm in Table near Nottsford, Cheshire, owed Wilson £20,000 in drugs, the court heard.

Peacock, who did undercover TV work with journalist Donal McIntyre, found where the cannabis farm was after Mr Waters’ son, Gavin, who was then 25 years old.

On 19 June 2003 Mr Waters was tortured and killed on the farm in front of his daughter Natalie, who was just 21, and Gavin, while his wife Julie was kidnapped from the family home and taken to the farm. had gone.

Mr. Waters and Mr. Razak, who survived for four hours, were tied up and suspended from ceilings, beaten, dropped into barrels of liquid, with staple guns on their bodies and metal shards on them. Attacked with a bar.

When police arrived at the scene following a call from a phone box by Wilson’s driver, David Moran, they found cigarette ends, drink bottles and even a bag of feces that contained traces of Morey’s DNA. Were.

James Raven, who did television work with Peacock, and Otis Matthews have also been convicted of murder in earlier trials.

Giving evidence, Moray, who was working as a yacht captain and businessman in Malta, claimed that he had gone to the farm to steal cannabis equipment that morning, but when he had an argument with Raven and Wilson, who was not at the scene. , it was revealed that he was working in secret.

He left the country for Spain two days later and, after traveling to South Africa, Mozambique and Turkey, settled in Malta.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Kate Tomlinson, said Mr Waters’ family was affected by the crime.

She said: “They remain very insular and haven’t been able to move on with their lives.

“They are very scared to this day because someone is owed for the murder of their husband and father.”

Judge Sir Peter Openshaw said More would be sentenced on Friday.


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