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Horrific Murder Former TV researcher found guilty of torturing father to death in front of his children

Christopher Guest More Jr tortured Brian Waters to death at a cannabis farm over a £20k drugs debt

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An image of Christopher Guest More at Liverpool airport before boarding a plane to Spain two days after the murder of Brian Waters (Cheshire Police/PA)

An image of Christopher Guest More at Liverpool airport before boarding a plane to Spain two days after the murder of Brian Waters (Cheshire Police/PA)

An image of Christopher Guest More at Liverpool airport before boarding a plane to Spain two days after the murder of Brian Waters (Cheshire Police/PA)

A former TV researcher has been found guilty of murdering a father-of-two in front of his children at a cannabis farm in 2003.

Christopher Guest More Jr (now 43), an undercover researcher who worked on Channel 4’s Dispatches, tortured Brian Waters (44) to death at a Cheshire farmhouse over a £20,000 drugs debt on June 19th, 2003.

More was convicted of murder by a jury at Chester Crown Court on Monday. He was also found guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to Suleman Razak, who worked on the cannabis farm and was tortured at the same time as Mr Waters.

Judge Sir Peter Openshaw said he would be sentenced this coming Friday.

Three other men - John Wilson, James Raven, and Otis Matthews - were previously convicted of Mr Waters’ murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm to him and to Mr Razak following trials that took place between 2004 and 2007.

The court heard that Mr Waters was whipped, burned with acid, hung upside down and suspended into a liquid, beaten, and attacked with a staple gun at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford. He also had a bin bag tied to his head and set on fire.

Mr Waters’ son Gavin (then 25) and daughter Natalie (then 21) were tied up and forced to watch as their father was murdered.

Meanwhile, his wife Julie (then 42) was abducted from their family home in Nantwich and brought to the farm, where she discovered Mr Waters’ body.

More fled the UK two days after the murder and settled in Malta, where he was found living and working as a yacht captain and businessman in 2019.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued in 2004 but not executed until June 2019 in Malta.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr Waters’ family said: “We are delighted with the guilty verdict and pleased that Christopher Guest More Jr is finally facing justice for his part in the horrific murder of a loving husband and father.

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“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 19th 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.”

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