Hartlepool boxer found guilty of Chicago gangster-style kidnap

ACCUSED: Christopher Burton outside Teesside Crown Court.
ACCUSED: Christopher Burton outside Teesside Crown Court.

A BOXER has been found guilty of kidnapping a drug dealer who feared he was going to be killed.

Christopher Burton, of Brierton lane, Hartlepool, who was once ranked tenth in Britain’s heavyweight rankings, denied the allegation during a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

A jury found Burton, known as High Tower, guilty of the kidnap charge but he was found not guilty on another charge of false imprisonment.

That related to victim David Foster, 27, being locked in a container on an industrial estate.

Three other gang members who Burton was with when Mr Foster was bundled into a car in Darlington pleaded guilty last week to false imprisonment.

The trial heard Burton was used for his size to intimidate Mr Foster who wanted to stop selling cannabis for Burton’s friend Anthony Cooper.

Cooper, 30, of Bamburgh Place, Darlington, and Burton issued threats to Mr Foster including cutting his fingers off and breaking his legs.

Burton was granted bail and all four defendants will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.