Christopher Hunnisett guilty of murdering Peter Bick
- 11 May 2012
- From the section Sussex
A man who was acquitted of murdering a vicar who he claimed abused him has been found guilty of killing a supermarket worker who he had sex with.
Christopher Hunnisett killed Peter Bick, 57, at his home in Bexhill, East Sussex, on 11 January 2011.
Hunnisett, 28, hit Mr Bick five times on his head with a hammer, then walked into a police station to confess.
Lewes Crown Court heard he wanted to "rid the world of paedophiles", but there was no evidence Mr Bick was one.
Hunnisett started his campaign following his September 2010 acquittal for the murder of the Reverend Ronald Glazebrook at his home in St Leonards-on-Sea.
The court heard he drowned the 81-year-old vicar in the bath before asking his friend to help him dismember the body, which he scattered in two separate spots in Sussex.
He spent eight years in prison for Mr Glazebrook's murder before his conviction was quashed and he was retried in 2010 after claiming he had been sexually abused by Mr Glazebrook.
On hearing the guilty verdict on Friday, Hunnisett, of Chanctonbury Drive, Hastings, leapt out of the dock and had to be restrained by eight security guards.
He shouted: "Every word I said was true."
Hunnisett had denied murdering Mr Bick but admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
The court heard he killed Mr Bick with five severe blows to the head before strangling him with a shoelace.
Hunnisett used a number of online aliases to track down men he believed were rapists or paedophiles before putting them through a number of tests he had developed, the court heard.
Prosecutor Philip Katz told the court there was no evidence that Mr Bick was a paedophile.
He said Hunnisett and Mr Bick had consensual sex together.
He also said none of the men contacted by Hunnisett through the internet had ever wanted or had relationships with children.
'Cruel and deliberate'
In a statement following the verdict, Mr Bick's sister, Yvonne Cowling, and her husband Peter, said: "On behalf of my parents Eileen and Bernard, we as a family would like to say that we are glad that the whole ordeal is now over and we can now be left to grieve for the loss of my brother.
"He will be sorely missed by a large number of friends and family.
"The one thing he didn't deserve was to have such violent and horrendous death, so therefore I hope that Mr Hunnisett will never have the opportunity to commit a similar crime."
Det Ch Insp Nick Sloan, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime team, added that Hunnisett had carried out a "cruel and deliberate killing".
"What exactly was motivating Hunnisett in the lead-up to the murder and afterwards we will perhaps never really know, but there is no doubt at all that society is a safer place now that he is in prison."
Hunnisett will be sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on 22 May.