A tragic tale unfolds as a cannabis cultivator met a harrowing end, enduring four hours of torment before his innocent children. The jury received a harrowing account of the events.
Brian Waters, aged 44, endured a brutal assault at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford, Cheshire, back in June 2003. His attackers subjected him to beatings, bondage, and even suspended him upside down, all while his two children helplessly witnessed the horror.
Christopher Guest More Jr., who was discovered residing in Malta under an alias in 2019, stands accused in Chester Crown Court as one of the assailants who partook in this heinous act.
The 43-year-old undercover television researcher staunchly denies any involvement in Mr. Waters’ murder, as well as in the conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm upon him and another man, Suleman Razak, who also fell victim to torture.
According to testimony, the motive behind the attack stemmed from a £20,000 drugs debt.
In a chilling account, Mr. Razak, who used to work at the cannabis farm alongside the Waters family, detailed the horrifying sequence of events. He recounted being bound and suspended from rafters before being submerged in a barrel filled with fluid. Additionally, he had plant food poured over his body and endured the excruciating pain of being set alight with a pillowcase over his head, followed by being subjected to a staple gun on his feet and body.
Furthermore, the court was informed that Mr. Waters was later led into the farm’s cow shed where he was mercilessly beaten with garden canes while hanging upside down, and repeatedly struck with canes and a metal bar.
As the events escalated, Mr. Waters found himself tied to a chair, where his attackers callously placed a binbag over his head and set it ablaze, causing it to fuse onto his head.
Even more heart-wrenching was the presence of Mr. Waters’ children, Gavin, 25 at the time, and Natalie, who had just turned 21 the day before the tragedy. They arrived at the farm only to be captured by the gang, and in their desperation, the assailants demanded, “Where’s the money?”
Natalie recounted the horror of hearing her father pleading for breath. She frantically urged that her father needed immediate medical attention due to his lung ailment, but her pleas fell on deaf ears.
Eventually, she witnessed her father being released from his restraints and carried out of the shed, appearing completely limp.
Meanwhile, at the family home in Nantwich, Mr. Waters’ wife, Julie, faced her own ordeal as the attackers invaded her house, searching for money. Finding nothing, they forcibly took her in a car and brought her to the farm.
The jury learned that Mr. Waters owed money to a drug dealer named John Wilson, who, along with two other individuals, had already been convicted of Mr. Waters’ murder.
The prosecution maintains that Mr. More allegedly played a role in assisting Wilson in locating Mr. Waters’ cannabis farm and participated in the theft of cannabis and equipment from the premises.