Breaking Bad copycat teen killer tried to dissolve murder victim in acid

A teenage killer copied a Breaking Bad plot by trying to dissolve a man's body in acid after he had stabbed him to death.

George Knights was convicted of murder as he told a court he took inspiration from the hit US TV show after plunging a knife 16cm-deep into Stephen Chapman's skull.

Having recalled an episode from season one where main characters Walter White and Jesse Pinkman attempt to destroy a body in acid, the then-19-year-old set about stealing a neighbour's plastic wheelie bin.

The keen bodybuilder dumped the lifeless body in and doused him in six bottles of high sulphuric concentration drain cleaner, KentLive reports.

Other similarities to the show heard Knights had the ready supply of acid from his attempts at making amphetamine at his home in Rochester, Kent.

He also used the name 'Walter White', who became a meth kingpin in the show, as a password reminder for an online account.

Maidstone Crown Court was told his life was "stranger than fiction" as a judge described the killing and its background as "extremely disturbing".

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Knights, who faces life imprisonment, had denied murdering Mr Chapman, 38, on October 23 last year.

His decomposing body was left in the bin in the teenager's conservatory while he went out partying with friends, binging on drugs and alcohol.

Mr Chapman was found two days later with the double-edged military dagger still impaled in his head.

Knights was found guilty after prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC told the court the murder had been part of a premeditated plan to "rob, hurt or even kill" Mr Chapman at a time when the teen was leading a "bizarre, out of control existence".

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The teenager had repeatedly lied to both police and Mr Chapman's pregnant girlfriend about his "disappearance" before his body was discovered.

The court heard the pair had met at Knights's home so he could buy £2,500 of cocaine from Mr Chapman.

Within minutes, Knights had killed the victim and set about trying to destroy the body.

He claimed he had acted in self-defence and stabbed the drug dealer during a struggle, telling the court he believed his life and his family were in danger from Mr Chapman and his criminal associates.

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Knights' family were said be dismayed by his "extremely worrying behaviour" in the weeks leading up to the murder.

His dad Edward was said to be "frustrated and at his wit's end", which resulted in him refusing to give his son any money, cancelling his credit card and threatening to evict him unless he changed his ways.

Mr Knights described his son as a "reckless wildman".

His former girlfriend also recalled finding sulphuric acid in his fridge and described him as being "fascinated" with knives.

Police discovered photos on Knight's phone of Mr Chapman's body in the bin, and a video shot after the murder in which he boasted: "I'll play this to all my new friends in jail."

The acid-doused body of Mr Chapman posed such a risk when found that firefighters were needed to transport him, still in the bin, to the mortuary at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Knights, who tested positive for 13 drugs after his arrest, will be sentenced in September.

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