A teenager ‘devoid of human emotion’ killed a 38-year-old man before using acid to try and dissolve the body in a wheelie bin.
George Knights, 19, has been handed a life sentence for murdering Stephen Chapman by stabbing him in the head.
Police say the ‘callous killer’ struck after Mr Chapman had agreed to meet him to discuss buying cocaine in October 2020.
Officers searched Knights’ home in Rochester, Kent, following Mr Chapman’s disappearance after he was seen at the victim’s home.
A spokesperson for Kent Police told Press Association: “Officers continued to search the address and located a wheelie bin, which belonged to a different address, in the conservatory.
“Mr Chapman’s body was found inside, with four empty bottles of sulphuric acid located nearby.
“In light of the discovery, Knights was additionally arrested on suspicion of murder.
“Despite his efforts to dispose of the victim’s body, investigating officers’ inquiries were not hindered as they were able to use recent breakthroughs in forensic technology to carry out a thorough post-mortem.”
Kent Police say that a video on Knights’ phone showed him at a party with a package of cocaine in the background – and while at the party, he bragged that he had killed someone.
The spokesman said that in the week leading up to the murder, Knights had a tattoo with a snake wrapped around a knife – similar to the murder weapon – inked on his neck.
Knights, of Delce Road, Rochester, was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court.
Det Supt Gavin Moss, from Kent Police, said: “Throughout this case Knights has shown no remorse or empathy for his actions.
“He is a callous killer who robbed Stephen Chapman of his life, and on top of this his attempt to dispose of the body deprived Mr Chapman’s family of an opportunity to see him for a final time.
“He prevented Mr Chapman from having a future with his family and put them through the ordeal of a trial.
“He has been devoid of human emotion throughout this case and is a clear and obvious danger to the public.”