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    Christopher Hunnisett could appeal his murder conviction against Peter Beck after he falsely accuse an innocent gay man for rape

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crim...l-b901088.html

    Apparently Christopher Hunnisett falsely accused a gay man for being a pedophile when in fact it's not true and also Hunnisett was allegedly prior to this was on trial for killing a pastor he accused of being a child molester in 2002.




    . A vigilante who killed a gay man he wrongly believed was a paedophile may have the murder conviction overturned by top judges today.

    Christopher Hunnisett was branded an ?extremely dangerous man? after bludgeoning victim Peter Beck with a hammer and strangling him with a shoelace, with a judge warning at the time he ?may well kill again? if ever set free.

    Mr Beck?s death happened in 2010, just months after Hunnisett had emerged from prison after being acquitted over another killing.

    Hunnisett had drawn up a ?hit list? of men he believed were paedophiles, setting up an online ?honeytrap? with Mr Beck as his top target despite no evidence that the victim was a sexual predator.

    Hunnisett, who became a woman in prison and is now called Crystal, was convicted of murdering Mr Beck in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison.



    However the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) has now referred her case to appeal judges, along with expert evidence suggesting Hunnisett was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing.

    ?In the Commission?s view (that) raises a real possibility the court will quash the murder conviction and replace it with one for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility?, the CCRC said in a statement.

    Former altar boy Hunnisett was first jailed in 2002 over the death of 81-year-old Reverend Ronald Glazebrook, who he had been lodging with as a teenager in St Leonards on Sea, in east Sussex.

    The vicar?s severed head and limbs were discovered in a sports bag on a traffic island in Hastings, and his torso was found near Eastbourne.

    Hunnisett was found guilty at trial and spent eight years in prison before his murder conviction was quashed on appeal and the case was sent for a retrial.

    Jurors then cleared Hunnisett of the murder, after he described suffering sexual abuse by Rev Glazebrook. Hunnisett said he punched the vicar to stop him touching him in the bath, and found him dead from drowning the next morning.

    Just four months after being released from prison Hunnisett attacked supermarket worker Mr Beck in Bexhill.

    The subsequent trial heard Mr Beck used social media and dating sites to meet men, but there was ?not a shred of evidence? that was a paedophile.

    Hunnisett denied murder but was convicted by a jury, and was handed a life sentenced with a minimum 18-year term.

    A 2015 appeal failed, and in 2018 Hunnisett was transferred to a secure hospital from prison for mental health treatment.

    In a statement announcing the latest appeal in December, the CCRC said: ?If the conviction is so replaced, the likely outcome is that the prison sentence for murder will be replaced with a prison sentence with a direction that C. Hunnisett be detained in hospital.?

    Hunnisett was not involved in the CCRC review of the case. Appeal judges will assess the case at a hearing this morning.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-18022501

    Crystal Hunnisett (37) history is released.

    A former altar boy cleared of killing and dismembering a Sussex vicar has been found guilty of the murder of a 57-year-old man whom he met for sex.

    Christopher Hunnisett was convicted of murdering Peter Bick less than two years after being cleared at the Court of Appeal of killing Reverend Ronald Glazebrook, in 2001.

    During his trial for Mr Bick's murder, Hunnisett told jurors he wanted to rid the world of "paedophiles" and had drawn up a hit list of 900 men.

    Here is a timeline of events:

    May 2001
    The severed head and limbs of 81-year-old Mr Glazebrook are discovered in a sports bag on a traffic island in Hastings, and his torso is found near Eastbourne.

    Sussex Police arrest a 17-year-old boy.

    Hunnisett, who lodged with the retired clergyman in St Leonards, is charged with his murder.


    Hunnisett, 18, denies the murder charge.

    Lewes Crown Court hears Hunnisett attacked Mr Glazebrook because of their worsening relationship but jurors are told there was no question that it was in any way sexual.

    Jurors find the defendant guilty of murder and Hunnisett is jailed indefinitely.

    The court hears Mr Glazebrook was drowned in a bath before his body was dismembered, possibly with a saw that was found with the limbs and a blood-stained axe found at the flat.


    May 2003
    Hunnisett's case ends up at the Court of Appeal, where his minimum jail term is doubled to 11 years.

    Three senior judges agree the original tariff of five and a half years set by the trial judge is "unduly lenient".

    Vicar's killer 'must serve 11 years'

    March 2010
    However, seven years later Hunnisett's conviction is overturned and a retrial is ordered.

    In the retrial, Lewes Crown Court jurors hear claims that the young lodger killed the clergyman after suffering sexual abuse at his hands. Prosecutor Philip Katz tells the court Hunnisett is introducing a "wholly unlikely story".

    But the former altar boy, who met Mr Glazebrook at the age of 12, tells the court the elderly man came into the bathroom while he was taking a bath and touched his inner thigh.

    Now 26, Hunnisett tells the jury he punched Mr Glazebrook so hard he ended up head first in the bath. He claims he got out of the water, locked himself in his bedroom, and found the churchman dead the next day.

    The jury believes his story and clears Hunnisett, who walks free from court.

    Accused 'drowned sex abuse vicar'

    Killed vicar 'touched boy's leg'

    Man not guilty of vicar's murder

    January 2011
    Four months later, Peter Bick is found dead in a Bexhill flat.

    Sussex Police reveal the 57-year-old man died from severe blows to the head in a "vicious attack".

    Hunnisett, now 27, is charged with his murder.

    Man arrested over flat 'murder'

    Victim's car 'used after murder'

    Man charged with Bexhill murder

    April 2011
    Hunnisett denies the charge and prepares to face another murder trial.

    Man denies Bexhill murder charge

    April to May 2012
    The 28-year-old defendant admits manslaughter through diminished responsibility but denies a charge of murder.

    Jurors hear he wanted to rid the world of "paedophiles" and had a hit list of men he planned to kill.

    Prosecuting, Philip Katz QC says there is "not a shred of evidence" that Mr Bick was a paedophile. The jury is told Mr Bick had consensual sex with men, including the defendant.

    Hunnisett, of Chanctonbury Drive, Hastings, is found guilty of murder.

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    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...ticles-9882176

    A murderer who performed her own DIY sex change behind bars by cutting off her testicles has claimed her rights in prison are being violated.

    The former altar boy, Christopher Hunnisett, 33, told the court "I have cut off my testicles and sliced the shaft of my penis in half".

    Taking her case to the High Court, she complained keeping her in segregation at HMP Frankland, Durham, was unfair, and that she was showed a "lack of respect" by the prison who called her home-made operation "self-harm surgery".

    Hunnisett was caged for life in 2012 for bludgeoning a supermarket worker to death with a hammer.

    But Hunnisett now identifies as a woman after cutting off her testicles.

    Her plight was revealed after she took her case to the High Court to complain about her treatment in HMP Frankland, Durham.

    Speaking via a video link from prison, she said that, although she needs to be protected, keeping her segregated has resulted in a violation of her rights.

    Away from other lags, she cannot access the same education, work, church and visiting opportunities as the rest, she said.

    "Being isolated for a year now is enough to drive any person crazy," she told Mr Justice Langstaff.

    Hunnisett was jailed in 2012 for the brutal murder of Peter Bick, 57, following a homosexual liaison in Bexhill, East Sussex.

    It occurred only months after she was acquitted at a retrial of drowning and dismembering 81-year-old priest Rev Ronald Glazebrook.

    Hunnisett, formerly of Chanctonbury Drive, Hastings, had served nine years for the 2001 killing in St Leonards-on-Sea.

    At the retrial, she said she had attacked Rev Glazebrook because he had sexually molested her and then panicked and hid his body.

    And by the time of her conviction for Mr Bick's death, she claimed to be on a mission to rid the world of paedophiles.

    However, there was no evidence to suggest Mr Bick had ever done anything wrong.

    The High Court heard that, from around October 2015, she had begun identifying as a woman.


    have cut off my testicles and sliced the shaft of my penis in half," she told Mr Justice Langstaff.

    Her case went to court after she was refused a transfer to a wing for vulnerable prisoners.

    There, she was considered to be a risk to other prisoners, given that many paedophiles are held there and what she has said about them in the past.

    But she cannot be held with the general prison population, due to the risk of harm from disapproving inmates to her, the court heard.

    Hunnisett said that what had resulted was a violation of her rights, because, in relative segregation, she cannot access the same privileges as others.

    The prison had also shown her a "lack of respect" by referring to her gruesome operation as "self-harm surgery", she complained.

    "Prison staff continued to refer to me as 'he' or 'him', showing their contempt towards transgender prisoners," she said.

    Although she accepted she could not be put on a vulnerable prisoners' wing, she said her treatment is a breach of her human rights because it is inhumane.

    But ruling against her, Mr Justice Langstaff said the prison's decision where to hold her was "lawful" and for her own protection.

    "This court is not, as part of its duties, required to manage prisons," he said.

    He continued: "It is a fact that she is transgender.

    "It is a fact that, as a result of that, she may suffer a greater risk from other people than she otherwise would.

    "It is an obligation of the prison to protect so far as it can from such risks."

    Her judicial review claim was rejected.

    Hunnisett appeared on a video link screen with long brown hair and a striped blouse.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsl...ld/ar-BB1eeIOI

    . The murder conviction of a former altar boy who carried out the vigilante killing of a man he wrongly believed was a paedophile has been upheld by judges.

    Christopher Hunnisett bludgeoned Peter Bick with a hammer and strangled him with a shoelace, just months after being released from prison over another killing.

    He was branded an “extremely dangerous man” when he was convicted of murdering Mr Bick in 2012 and sentenced to life in prison.

    Court of Appeal judges were asked to review the conviction and consider if Hunnisett was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the attack.

    But Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting with Mrs Justice May and Mrs Justice Stacey, today upheld the murder conviction and said points raised in “fresh evidence” had been considered at the original trial.

    “The fresh evidence presented in support of this appeal revisits in all essential respects the same ground as the evidence presented at the appellant’s 2012 trial”, she said.

    “We are not persuaded either that the account now provided by the appellant and upon which the new diagnosis is apparently based, is credible.

    “It was, as we have said, very significantly undermined by other evidence presented at trial.”

    Hunnisett, who underwent a sex change in prison and is now called Crystal, was first jailed in 2002 over the death of 81-year-old Reverend Ronald Glazebrook, who he had been lodging with as a teenager in St Leonards on Sea, in East Sussex.

    The vicar’s severed head and limbs were discovered in a sports bag on a traffic island in Hastings, and his torso was found near Eastbourne.

    Hunnisett was convicted at trial and spent eight years in prison before the murder conviction was quashed on appeal and the case was sent for a retrial.

    Jurors then cleared Hunnisett of the murder, after he described punching Rev Glazebrook to stop him touching him in the bath, finding the pensioner dead the next morning. Four months after being released from prison, Hunnisett attacked supermarket worker Mr Bick in Bexhill.

    Hunnisett had drawn up a “hit list” of targets for an attack while in prison, and on release set-up an online “honeytrap”.

    Mr Bick used social media and dating websites to meet men, but the court heard there was “not a shred of evidence” that he was a paedophile.

    At his trial, Hunnisett denied murder on the grounds of loss of control and diminished responsibility but was convicted and jailed for life with a minimum 18-year sentence. A 2015 appeal failed, and in 2018 Hunnisett was transferred to a secure hospital from prison.

    The case was then revisited following an intervention by the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC), which put forward evidence on Hunnisett’s mental health and suggested murder should be replaced with a manslaughter conviction.

    But the appeal was resisted by the CPS, who said “extreme caution” should be taken with Hunnisett’s diagnosis “given her tendency to fantasise and lie”.

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    Good. Sorry, you don't get to take the law into your own hands like this. He sounds like he has a lot of screws loose and belongs in prison.

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