Retired GP tried to use dark web to recruit 'Chechen mob' for murder

The accused's actions were discovered by police monitoring a dark web page called "Crime Bay by Chechen Mob"

The accused's actions were discovered by police monitoring a dark web page called "Crime Bay by Chechen Mob"

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A retired GP ordered the contract killing of his financial adviser on the dark web as part of a "five-year vendetta" because he blamed the banker for losing £300,000 from his pension, a court has heard.

David Crichton from Bournemouth, is accused of accessing the website of the "Chechen mob" where he selected an order to "kill the b*stard" with an equivalent cost of 5,000 dollars (£3,800) to be paid in bitcoin.

The 64-year-old is on trial at Winchester Crown Court for attempting to solicit the murder of Andrew Bolden, a pension and wealth investment adviser for Edinburgh-based private bank Brown Shipley, on February 26 last year.

He is also accused of three charges of sending a malicious communication made up of two text messages and one phone call with the aim of making Mr Bolden fear he would commit suicide.

Simon Jones, prosecuting, said Crichton's actions were discovered by officers with the National Crime Agency (NCA) who had been monitoring a dark web page called "Crime Bay by Chechen Mob" and found the order made for a hitman to kill Mr Bolden.

Mr Jones said the defendant had used a special browser on his computer and created an account on the website before he chose the option to "kill the b*stard" - with other options available being "beat the sh*t out of him", "set his car on fire", and "set his house on fire".

The prosecutor said: "The defendant's intention could not be clearer. The steps he took were very clearly an attempt to solicit, ask for, request, seek a murder."

The prosecutor said Crichton told police in interview that he had been "drunk and feeling suicidal" when he accessed the dark web site, and had become obsessed with hitmen but had "thought it was a game and it wasn't real".

Crichton denies the charges and the trial continues.