‘Leg in lake’ trial: Jury warned before being shown Jackass-style stunt videos

Neill Buchel's dismembered body parts were found in White Hart Lakes, Dagenham, in April last year

Neill Buchel's dismembered body parts were found in White Hart Lakes, Dagenham, in April last year - Credit: Archant

Jurors were warned to steel themselves before being shown clips of Jackass-style stunts involving a man whose dismembered body parts were later found dumped in a lake.

Neill Buchel, 39, played violent games with housemate Scott Hunt, 41, and their mate Chas Quye, 36, based on the US stunt show, Blackfriars Crown Court heard today.

Video footage was shown of Mr Buchel singeing his own pubic hair, eating chillies and being shot at with a BB gun while wearing women’s underwear.

In some of the clips his friends can be heard laughing and, in one, singing the Kings of Leon hit Sex On Fire as Mr Buchel rubs a scotch bonnet chilli pepper on his privates.

Before the clips were played, Mr Justice Spencer warned the jury: “Steel yourselves for watching something unpleasant, but no more unpleasant than one sees on television in its extreme form these days.”

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The clips, filmed on December 2013, were taken from the mobile phones of Quye and Hunt, who are standing trial for Buchel’s murder alongside co-defendant Elvis Kwiatkowski, 36.

Mr Buchell’s severed left thigh was discovered in White Hart lakes in The Chase, Dagenham, by a young fisherman on April 1 last year. The rest of his body was recovered more than a fortnight after he had been reported missing.

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Quye, of Stansgate Road, Dagenham, has pleaded not guilty to murder along with Hunt, 36, of Braintree Road and Kwiatowski of Clopton Close, Royston.

Alan Quinn, 28, of Lynette Road, Dagenham, and Colin Bushaway, 61, of Gregory Close, Eltham, both deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice, with Bushaway also charged with preventing unlawful and decent burial of a body.

The trial continues.

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