Biker’s killing was random’
PUBLISHED: 11:18 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:30 25 August 2010
A MECHANIC who was shot on a motorway as he rode home from a biker festival was targeted for being in the wrong motorcycle gang, a court heard last Friday.
A MECHANIC who was shot on a motorway as he rode home from a biker festival was targeted for being in the "wrong" motorcycle gang, a court heard last Friday.
Hells Angel Gerry Tobin, from Mottingham, was killed by a single bullet to the head as he rode his Harley Davidson home on the M40 after the Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire on August 12 last year, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Jurors were told that the men accused of his murder didn't know Mr Tobin but shot him for because they believed he was riding in the rival gang Outlaws territory.
Timothy Raggatt QC, prosecuting, said: "This was a man who was targeted not because of who he was, but because of what he was. In one sense, Gerry Tobin was a random victim."
"It was almost a military-style operation and had at its heart the plain intention to kill."
Seven men have been charged with the murder. Sean Creighton, 44, from Coventry, pleaded guilty to murder and firearms charges last week and will be sentenced at the conclusion of the six-week trial of six other defendants.
Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton, and Malcolm Bull, 53, from Milton Keynes, are on trial alongside four men from Coventry - Karl Garside, 45, his brother Dane Garside, 42, Dean Taylor, 47, and 46-year-old Ian Cameron.
The trial continues.