Canterbury: Double Murderer Guilty

22 October 2016, 08:15 | Updated: 22 October 2016, 08:21

A man, who stabbed two people to death at a house in Canterbury in a row over a shower, has been found guilty of murder.

Foster Christian, 54, claimed he had acted in self-defence when he fatally stabbed Natasha Sadler-Ellis, 40 and Simon Gorecki, 48, and seriously injured Natasha's 20-year-old son and a teenage boy.

Last Mach, police were called to a house in Dickens Avenue, Canterbury, following reports of a disturbance. They found the bodies of Mr Gorecki and Ms Sadler-Ellis. Both had multiple stab wounds. The two boys were treated for stab wounds.

Christian told officers he had been been attacked by Mr Gorecki, Ms Sandler-Ellis and three boys in a row over a shower. He said they had come into his room and hit him with beer cans and bottles.

During the evening Mr Gorecki was taking a shower when Christian turned on a tap in the kitchen which caused the temperature of the water in the shower to change. Mr Gorecki shouted at Christian. The 20-year-old was on the phone to his mother when he heard sounds of abuse so he and the boy went to Dickens Avenue. Christian was in his room and Ms Sadler-Ellis and Mr Gorecki were in the hallway downstairs.

There was shouting between Ms Sadler-Ellis, Mr Gorecki and Christian. Ms Sadler-Ellis' 20-year-old son tried to calm the situation, but Christian then shouted further abuse. Ms Sadler-Ellis then went to his room and she was followed by the others where they found Christian stood in the doorway. There was pushing and shoving between him and Ms Sadler-Ellis.

Her son tried to intervene by keeping his hand on Christian's chest. He was then struck by Christian and punches were exchanged. Christian retaliated by using a knife, which was covered by a plastic bag. Using the knife, he fatally wounded Mr Gorecki and Ms Sadler- Ellis and seriously injured her son and the 16-year-old boy.

Following a three- week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Christian was found guilty of murdering Ms Sadler-Ellis and Mr Gorecki and of the wounding of her 20-year-old son and the 16-year-old boy.

Naomi Toro, 36, from Keyworth Mews, Canterbury and Samantha Groombridge, 19, from Athleston Road, Canterbury both previously pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.

Toro had admitted to disposing of the knife in the River Stour. She later told police it was there.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett said: "What started as an argument took a very serious turn with tragic consequences. Now two lives have been lost and many lives ruined.

"Although Christian never denied stabbing Miss Sadler-Ellis and Mr Gorecki it is clear from our investigation that this was not self-defence, but murder.

'I am pleased that the jury agreed and found him guilty of the two murders. Toro and Groombridge also played their part and tried to help Christian. I hope the families can now move on with their lives."