George Knights 19 killing Stephen Chapman trial, kent Rochester medway

After watching Breaking Bad, a murderer in the United Kingdom attempted to dissolve the victim's body in acid.

When attempting to dispose of the body of a man he had just killed, a teenager in the United Kingdom was "inspired" by an episode of the hit television show Breaking Bad.

George Knights, 19, was found guilty of murdering 38-year-old Stephen Chapman during a botched drug deal.

Chapman was on his way to deliver cocaine to Knights' residence when they became involved in an altercation.

Knights then murdered Chapman, dumped his body in a wheelie bin, and attempted to dissolve it in acid, Metro UK reports.

The bodybuilder had seen an episode of Breaking Bad's first season in which Walter White and Jesse Pinkman attempted to dispose of a body in a bathtub.

He stabbed Chapman in the head, the knife remaining 16cm embedded in his victim's skull.

He then placed Chapman's body in a wheelie bin and left it in a neighbor's conservatory while he attended a party.

George Knights (left) and Stephen Chapman (right)
George Knights (left) and Stephen Chapman (right)

When police questioned Knights following the filing of a missing person report, he denied any knowledge of Chapman's whereabouts.

He later admitted in court that he had conducted research on how to properly dispose of a body following his viewing of Breaking Bad.

“I was watching Breaking Bad at the time and in my insanity, I believed the only way I could get rid of him was to do what they did in that film,” he told Maidstone Crown Court.

“I looked up what kind of acid it was [...] and what kind of plastic you needed to put it in on my computer.

At this point, I'm not sure what I was thinking. My mind was all over the place. Clearly, I was not thinking clearly. I did not wear a gas mask or anything similar.

“I obtained acid that was already in the house and poured it on top of the bin until I became unable to breathe.

Then I exited through the conservatory doors. I believe I went upstairs and began crying.

“I wish I had called the police [...] but at the time, I chose to prioritize my family.”

Knights claimed he acted in self-defense during the altercation with Chapman, fearful for the safety of his wife and family.

The victim's body was discovered when his desperate family broke into Knights' home. He was a forklift driver and father of five.

Knights then dialed 911 to report a break-in – but when they checked his phone, they discovered photos of Chapman's body in the wheelie bin.

He tested positive for 13 different drugs, including ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine, steroids, Xanax, and Diazepam, according to a drug test.

Tragically, on the day of Chapman's accused murderer's trial, his widow gave birth to their fifth child.

Knights was convicted of murdering Chapman and will be sentenced in September.