19-year-old man stabbed drug dealer in the head before hiding his body in a plastic dumpster and trying to dissolve it with acid after taking inspiration from the TV show breaking Bad.
George Knights was convicted of the murder of Stephen Chapman in Rochester, south-east England, on Friday 23 October last year.
During a three-week trial, a court learned how Knights and Chapman knew each other and agreed to meet that evening to discuss the sale of cocaine.
Chapman was reported missing the next day and was never seen alive again.
During their investigation, Kent Police established that Knights was one of the last people to see him before he went missing and spoke to him on the phone.
The accused told police on Saturday that he had only met Chapman briefly to collect drugs for him and that the victim could easily have met someone else afterwards.
On Sunday, Knights called Kent Police to report that a group of people were attempting to break into his home.
The group was a search team looking for Chapman, who contacted Kent Police after seeing Knights flee from the property.
When officers searched Knights’ home, they found items including bloodstained clothing, a significant amount of Class A and B drugs, as well as Chapman’s iPhone and bank card.
Knight was first arrested on suspicion of drug offenses and told police he was unable to account for Chapman’s bloodstained clothing or personal effects.
Officers continued to search the property and found Chapman’s body stuffed in a wheeled plastic dumpster, with four empty bottles of sulfuric acid lying nearby.
In light of the discovery, Knights was also arrested on suspicion of murder. The Knights denied the murder, Kent Online reported.
He claimed he and Chapman fell out over a drug affair and Chapman “blew up and became intimidating.”
Knights said he took a hunting knife from upstairs on his property when he went to collect money to buy cocaine. When he got off, he said the couple started having a physical altercation and Chapman spotted the knife. The Knights claimed that Chapman then tried to stab him with it, and the blade came within an inch of his head.
“I grabbed him with my left hand and pulled him towards me and the knife went into his head,” he told the court.
Speaking at the trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Knights said he wanted to get rid of Chapman’s body because he feared his friends or associates would sue him.
He said he tried to dissolve the body with acid in an attempt to mimic something he saw on the popular TV show. Breaking Bad.
“I watched breaking Bad and in my madness I thought that was the way to get rid of him and do what was done in this movie. It was the only thing I could think of, ”Knights said, Kent Online reported.
“I looked on my computer to see what acid it was. It was sulfuric acid that I used in my attempts to make amphetamines, and what kind of plastic you have to put it in. La wheelie bin was the right plastic. “
In their testimony, police said Knights had a tattoo with a snake wrapped around a knife, similar to the murder weapon, engraved on his neck the week before Chapman’s murder.
Surveillance footage also showed knights pulling the dumpster from another property to his address the night Chapman was killed.
Video on Knights’ later phone showed him at the party with a packet of cocaine, where he also bragged about killing someone.
Knights is to be sentenced at a later date.
Kent Chief Inspector of Police Gavin Moss, the lead investigating officer in charge of the case, said in a statement: “Knights is a ruthless killer who stole the life of Stephen Chapman and deprived his family of ‘a future with him.
“He exhibited an appalling contempt for life and, on top of that, his efforts to dispose of the body deprived Mr. Chapman’s family of the opportunity to see him one last time. His lack of remorse is clearly demonstrated by his decision to attend a party shortly after committing the offense and is further compounded by the fact that he chose to put Mr. Chapman’s relatives through trial.
“He is a clear and obvious danger to the public and I am glad that our investigation has led to his conviction. Nothing can ever undo the harm Knights has caused, but I sincerely hope that Mr. Chapman’s family can feel reassured. of this result. “