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WorldHarry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills

03:45  14 june  2019
03:45  14 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills . done, stuffing his friend 's body head first into a bin, which he took to a storage facility where he kept Harry Potter posters and other memorabilia.

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As well as a job, White (pictured) gave Mr Christianos - an alcoholic with mental health issues - a place to live, having watched his own mother battle the same problems A memorabilia dealer and Harry Potter collector who killed his friend and left his body in a storage unit for 17 years was only caught when he stopped paying the bills.

John Spencer White, 63, faced the Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the June 2001 manslaughter of John Christianos, whose remains weren't discovered until last year.

White had hired Mr Christianos to paint portraits of Sir Donald Bradman and Gary Ablett Senior to be sold in his sporting collectables store, Memorabilia Headquarters, in Melbourne's east.

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Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills . John Spencer White, 63, faced Melbourne Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the June 2001 manslaughter of John

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As well as a job, he gave Mr Christianos - an alcoholic with mental health issues - a place to live, having watched his own mother battle the same problems.

For the first few months things went well, but Mr Christianos' drinking made him become irrational, prosecutor Kevin Doyle said.

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited John Spencer White (pictured), 63, faced the Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the June 2001 manslaughter of John Christianos As he did every Friday, Mr Christianos went to see White on June 11, 2001 to pick up his weekly poster sales money.

After a few drinks together, Mr Christianos began to threaten White with a knife, the court heard, based on White's confessions to police.

He'd bought a WWII handgun to protect himself from the man who, it was revealed, had killed kittens and threatened to 'massacre' shopkeepers when he was drinking.

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Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the Mr Christianos's body was found with illicit drugs in his system, including methamphetamines, and Justice Elliott said he suffered from drug and

A memorabilia dealer and a Harry Potter collector who killed his friend and left his body in a storage room for 17 years was only caught when he stopped the bills . John Spencer White, 63, stood before the Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the June 2001 murder of John

When Mr Christianos kept coming at him, White fired.

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited John Christianos' remains weren't discovered until last year 'In self-defence I protected myself. In self-defence I shot him,' White admitted to police.

White then covered up what he'd done, stuffing his friend's body head first into a bin, which he took to a storage facility where he kept Harry Potter posters and other memorabilia.

He panicked, his barrister Philip Dunn QC said.

White had worked all his life to build himself into a success out of the disadvantage he experienced as a boy.

The son of an alcoholic sex worker, he'd become a ward of the state until 15 when he moved home to look after his mother and two siblings, who still relied on him in 2001.

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited His body was found in a wheelie bin He lied about Mr Christianos having been suicidal in order to cover his tracks. Then for some unknown reason, Mr Dunn said, he stopped paying the storage fees, leading to the discovery of Mr Christianos' remains.

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A dead body discovered in a storage unit full of Harry Potter memorabilia 17 years after he went missing. The remains were only found when the unit’s owner stopped paying the bills . John Spencer White has admitted killing his flatmate John Christianos

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills . John Spencer White, 63, faced Melbourne Supreme Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to the June 2001 manslaughter of John

'As the years go by, and he doesn't pay the fees, it means he will be detected,' Mr Dunn said.

In July 2018 the storage facility was sold and the owner began clearing out the unit. White had been given the opportunity to do it himself but did not take it.

Workers tipped over the bin and saw a human leg and boot before calling the police.

Harry Potter collector killed his friend and hid him in a storage container for 17 years before body was discovered because he stopped paying the bills© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It didn't take long for police to find White, who they'd spoken to when Mr Christianos was reported missing in 2001

'Some would say closure is a good thing,' his sister Victoria said, but he'd always been a roamer and she hoped he would show up one day.

It didn't take long for police to find White, who they'd spoken to when Mr Christianos was reported missing in 2001.

'It's pretty obvious the jig is up,' Mr Dunn told the court.

Retired antique dealer Max Engellenner knew both men at the time and spoke of White as trustworthy, reliable and honest and added Mr Christianos was a friend, but 'the demon drink got to him'.

White will be sentenced at a later date.

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