A DAUGHTER has tearfully described the last moments of her father's life, saying she watched while a masked man was forcing a gun into her mouth.
Natalie Waters, 22, told a jury at Chester Crown Court yesterday a man wearing a balaclava and a fluorescent yellow jacket turned her father to face her as he inserted the gun in her mouth and said: 'Look at your daughter. Do you really want her to go through this?'.
Brian Waters, 44, died moments later. The court has also been told he had endured hours of brutal treatment in a makeshift torture chamber at Burnt House Farm in Tabley.
Miss Waters, who lived with her father at Mainwaring Close, Stapeley, Nantwich, told the jury she went to the farm with her brother, Gavin, 26, at about midday on June 19 last year. They had arranged to meet their father, who was using the farm to grow cannabis.
She told the court she was about to open the door of the farmhouse when a group of three or four masked men ran at her from a cowshed.
She said: 'Some of them had bats and one had a gun. They told us to get down on the floor. Gavin went down and they started kicking and punching him. Three of them dragged him off into the cowshed.
'The man with the gun grabbed my hair and started dragging me. He banged my head against the wall and slapped me in the face.
'He looked Asian, dark skinned. He was wearing a black balaclava. He looked about the same age as Gavin. He was small and skinny with a Manchester accent.'
She described the 'leader of the gang' as white, about 5ft 9in tall, of large build and older than the others. He was wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and a balaclava.
Fighting back tears, she told the jury: 'My Dad was tied to a chair. His face was all bloody, bruised and swollen. His shirt was ripped open and his chest was scratched and bruised, and he was covered in muck. Gavin was on the floor in a heap.'
Describing 20-year-old Suleman Razak, from Manchester, who was also allegedly tortured by the gang, she added: 'He was tied to a chair. He was wrapped in a quilt. His head was lolling. He looked very bloody and bruised.'
She also told the court a member of the gang put a gun in her mouth.
She said: 'It was straight after they asked Dad for money.
'They turned his chair round to see me and told him to 'Look at your daughter. Do you really want her to go through this?' 'Then one of them sliced my top off with a knife.'
Later, she said she listened to her father's last breath.
'I was just sat there listening to my dad breathing.' she said.
'I started shouting, 'Dad, Dad' but I was told to shut up as he was just asleep.
'Then they picked him up and carried him to the milking parlour.'
She told the court the family had been planning a trip to Alton Towers the following day to celebrate her 21st birthday.
The Waters family moved to Nantwich in August 2000 from North Wales.
Miss Waters said she had left school to take up equine studies at Reaseheath College, but was forced to leave the course because of bad attendance due to regular migraines.
She went on to get a job at a stables in Wales.
When the family moved to Stapeley she got work at the Tollemache Arms in Nantwich for two months, before starting work at the White Horse in Nantwich, where she worked for two years until it changed to new management.
At the time of the alleged murder, she was unemployed but was not claiming benefits. Since then the family have been living under police protection in a safe house.
John Godfrey Wilson, 54, of Cliff Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, is in the dock with James Raven, 45, of Parliament Close, Bolton; Otis Lee Matthews, 27, of Melbourne Avenue, Manchester; and Ashley Guishard, 30, of York Road, Sale.
They are accused of murder and two counts of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. They have all pleaded not guilty.
The trial continues.