Neill Buchel trial: Two found guilty of ‘Leg in the Lake’ murder
PUBLISHED: 10:02 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:53 30 March 2015
Two men have been found guilty of murdering dad-of-two Neill Buchel.
Chas Quye, 36, of Stansgate Road, Dagenham and Elvis Kwiatowski, 36, of Clopton Close, Royston, were found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday.
Buchel’s housemate, Scott “Gary” Hunt, 41, of Braintree Road, Dagenham, was cleared of murder but found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Alan Quin, 28, of Lynette Road, Dagenham, changed his not guilty plea to perverting the course of justice to guilty on February 2, while Colin Bushaway, 61, of Gregory Close, Eltham, was cleared of the same charge.
Bradley Andison, 47, of Villa Road, Rochester, had previously pleaded guilty on Tuesday, December 2 2014, to perverting the course of justice.
Quye and Kwiatokswi were also found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
South African Buchel was last seen alive on March 13 2014, when a group including Kwiatowski, Quye and Quinn, had been drinking in Quye’s flat.
His left thigh was then found in White Hart Lakes in The Chase, Dagenham, on April 1.
Police recovered a further nine dismembered body parts in the lake two days later, with the torso wrapped in material – thought to be a curtain – and weighed down with stones.
A post-mortem declared multiple blunt-force injuries to the torso sustained on the night of March 13, likely to have been caused by stamping or kicking, as the cause of death – an examination revealing 25 rib fractures and a haemorrhaged pancreas.
Although he denied murder, Quye previously told the court how he chopped up the body with a handsaw and a Stanley blade alongside Kwiatkowski, having got the idea from Guy Ritchie gangster films.
The court also heard how the group, including Hunt, also frequently recorded themselves carrying out “pranks” inspired by TV stunt show Jackass that included putting chilli powder on their genitals, burning pubic hair and “inserting items” into the genital area.
The four men will face sentence on April 15.