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Killer Medway teenage bodybuilder ‘hatched plan to kidnap female celebrity’

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A Breaking Bad copycat killer who dissolved his victim's body in a bin full of acid after stabbing him in the head – had hatched an alleged plot to kidnap a celebrity, it can now be revealed.

Evil bodybuilding teenager George Knights faces life behind bars after being convicted this week of the gruesome murder of drug dealer Stephen Chapman.

But now it can be revealed detectives investigating the murder case found notes outlining Knights's alleged sinister kidnap plan at his home following his arrest for killing the dad of five in October last year.

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They were said to 'back up' an accusation made by a former girlfriend during the Kent Police murder investigation.

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Although the celebrity was not named by Knights, officers are believed to have identified and tracked down his potential female victim.

Details of the alleged kidnap plot were first revealed in court during an unsuccessful bail hearing for the 19-year-old at Maidstone Crown Court in January.

But following a subsequent legal ruling by Judge Philip Statman, the plan was not disclosed to the jury at the cage fighting fan's trial which began last month (May 17).

George Knights has been convicted of murder

Other potentially incriminating allegations deemed inadmissible but which can now be reported following the court's guilty verdict on Wednesday (June 9) included a conversation Knights had with a friend the night before the murder in which he talked about 'robbing and hurting someone' by injecting them with insulin.

The judge was told Knights, who used the anabolic hormone as part of his steroid-taking cycle, said it would 'cause a heart attack and kill without leaving a trace'.

Sinisterly, he spoke of wearing a police uniform to carry out such a fatal attack.

The prosecution said such behaviour demonstrated the then 18-year-old's 'stranger than fiction' lifestyle in the months leading up to Mr Chapman's brutal killing.

The jury was able to hear Knights not only sold steroids and prescription drugs but also manufactured his own amphetamine tablets – labelled as a 'Superhuman Labs' product – at the home he shared with his divorcee father in Rochester, Kent.

He also had a fascination with knives, often carrying a penknife on nights out with friends and during a romantic meal at London's The Shard with his personal trainer girlfriend Natasha Romagnosi (CORR).

The 25-year-old told the court Knights had also talked to her about doing 'something bad' to her ex-boyfriend – a man the teen sold steroids to – and wanting him to 'disappear'.

Ms Romagnosi also recalled an occasion when she almost drank a bottle of sulphuric acid he kept in his fridge for his drug production attempts.

nights fatally stabbed Mr Chapman in the head with his father's Royal Marine double-edged commando dagger in a cocaine deal on the night of October 23.

Knights had agreed to buy £2,500 (POUNDS) worth of the drug from the 38-year-old, despite having less than £25 in his two bank accounts.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC said Mr Chapman's death was 'murder for gain' – the gruesome result of the teenager's plan to rob him of the cocaine.

Knights claimed he killed him in self-defence during a violent struggle.

But having plunged the knife 16cm-deep into his skull, he then set about dissolving the body by dumping it head-first in a stolen wheelie bin and then dousing in six bottles of acid.

Knights, who spoke of wanting to be a 'self-employed stocktrader' despite leaving school before taking his GCSEs, told the court the only way he could 'get rid of' Mr Chapman was to copy an early episode from the hit US crime drama in which a rival drug dealer had been killed.

"I watched Breaking Bad and in my madness at that point I thought that the only way I could get rid of him was to do what they did in that film. It was the only thing I could think of," he said.

"I looked up on my computer what acid it was and it was sulphuric acid, which is what I had used in an attempt to make amphetamine, and what kind of plastic you have to put it in.

"The wheelie bin was the right plastic. I got the wheelie bin from down the road….I don't know what I was thinking at this point. My mind was just everywhere. I brought it back to the house and put it in the conservatory.

"I put it on its side in the kitchen….Then I pushed and pulled Ginger into the wheelie bin…..Obviously I wasn't thinking straight at all. I didn't put a gas mask on or anything like that. I got acid which was already in the house and poured it on top in the bin until I couldn't breathe anymore.

Knights had a dagger entwined with a snake tattooed on his neck just days before the killing

"Then I shut the conservatory doors and I left."

The court heard Knights then met up with friends and partied throughout the night bingeing on drugs and alcohol.

He only paused to return home and take photos of the bin, the lid being held ajar by Mr Chapman's shoeless feet

The grim discovery of his body, still in the acid-soaked bin in Knights' conservatory, was made two days later by police after Mr Chapman's desperate family broke into the three-bedroom property.

Knights was arrested that same day and tested positive for a staggering 13 drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis, prescription medication Zanax and diazepam, and multiple steroids.

His phone revealed not only the macabre photos of the bin but also Knights's use of the name of Breaking Bad lead character Walter White as a password 'memorable word' reminder for a DVLA online account.

He now faces life behind bars for what Judge Statman described as an 'extremely disturbing' case.

To help him decide the minimum term Knights will have to serve before being able to apply for parole, the judge ordered an assessment for any danger he poses.

Speaking after the trial, Detective Chief Inspector Gavin Moss, the senior investigating officer for the case, said: "Knights is a callous killer who has robbed Stephen Chapman of his life and deprived his family of a future with him.

"He is a clear and obvious danger to the public and I am pleased that our investigation has led to him being convicted."

Knights will be sentenced in September.

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