A builder who described himself as a “psychopath with a conscience” has been discovered responsible of murdering two girls.
Mark Brown killed Leah Ware and Alexandra Morgan on a distant farm close to St Leonards in East Sussex in May and November final yr after assembly them via a intercourse work web site, a jury at Hove Crown Court was instructed.
After murdering 34-year-old Ms Morgan, Brown put her head-first right into a home-made incinerator earlier than dumping her stays at a constructing website.
The physique of 33-year-old Ms Ware has by no means been discovered, however the prosecution imagine he used an identical approach to get rid of her stays – in addition to killing her canine, a Pomeranian known as Lady.
The jury of 10 males and two girls took simply over 10 hours to convict Brown of each homicide costs on Thursday.
Brown stared blankly forward as the decision was learn out to gasps from the general public gallery, made up of a number of of Ms Ware’s and Ms Morgan’s relations.
The 41-year-old was described as having a “double life” and confirmed no indicators of being violent earlier than committing his crimes.
But an inspection of his telephone revealed he had a style for violent pornography and secretly used an internet site to satisfy as much as ten escorts for intercourse.
Via this web site, Brown ultimately met Ms Ware and Ms Morgan.
Police don’t imagine he attacked any of the opposite girls.
Brown met Ms Ware in 2018 when he employed her as an escort after which they developed an “on again, off again” relationship.
He killed her on or round 7 May final yr after tensions grew when she pressed him to depart his associate of 14 years, the court docket heard.
In the six months between killing Ms Ware and Ms Morgan, Brown messaged a buddy calling himself a “psychopath with a conscience”, as he seemingly confessed to his crimes.
He stated: “I’m going to be very careful how I word this – it happened again, not very long ago when disposing of something.
“It’s a very unpleasant thing to do – an old oil drum, five litres of diesel, and hey presto, there’s not very much left.
“It will get scorching, very popular, it glows virtually white.
“The things I have done weigh heavily on my heart, on my head and my soul. A psychopath with a conscience – it’s a joke really.”
The jury discovered this message referred to Brown disposing of Ms Ware’s stays.
Brown employed Ms Morgan for intercourse round a dozen occasions earlier than providing her an escorting job value £100,000 in October 2021.
But when the next month she visited Little Bridge Farm, the location he rented, he killed her and burned her physique in a do-it-yourself incinerator.
He then dumped her stays in a skip at a constructing website the place he was working in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Brown claimed Ms Morgan died by chance after hitting her head when she slipped in his workshop on the farm, and he burned her physique “in a panic”.
He instructed the jury he and Ms Ware broke up in early 2021 and, so far as he is aware of, she remains to be alive.
Judge Justice Nicholas Hilliard adjourned sentencing till 13 January, saying the case is of the “utmost gravity” and thanking the jury for committing to the case for thus lengthy.
Libby Clark, from the Crown Prosecution Service, stated: “Brown has never accepted his actions; he claimed Alex’s death was an accident and created a web of lies to cover up the truth about Leah’s murder.
“Our ideas stay with the households of Alex Morgan and Leah Ware. We hope, now Brown has been convicted, he’ll lastly inform us what occurred to Leah’s physique, so her household can have closure.”