Evil church warden, 28, who murdered gay lover, 69, is jailed for life

An evil church warden who murdered his gay lover in a gaslighting campaign of torture has been jailed for life.

Benjamin Field, 28, suffocated university lecturer Peter Farquhar, 69, following a plot to seduce him in order to inherit his money and house in the quiet village of Maids Moreton, Bucks.

Field began a sexual relationship with his lonely victim and tricked him into believing they were in love.

The sadistic killer was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 36 years at Oxford Crown Court on Friday by Mr Justice Sweeney.

Detectives branded Field a "psychopath" who was “fixated with death” and had a hand-written “client list" of 100 potential future victims.

Investigators said Field would have posed an "ongoing danger to society" had he not been caught.

Field secretly fed Mr Farquhar psychedelic drugs in his tea and chocolate, and spiked his whisky, hoping that his eventual death at his hands would look like suicide or an accident.

It was only when the Baptist minister's son began targeting Mr Farquhar's neighbour, Ann Moore-Martin, that his wicked scheme began to unravel.

Oxford Crown Court heard Mr Farquhar, an author, had believed Field, of Olney, Buckinghamshire, was in love with him.

They even exchanged vows during an official betrothal ceremony.

In August, a jury found Field guilty of suffocating Mr Farquhar on his sofa after tricking the lecturer into believing they were in a loving relationship.


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