A jury in the trial of three men jointly accused of the murder of David Crawford heard how the president of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club called the van driver who drove into and over the 59-year-old an “absolute r****d for doing this”.
David Crawford, from Ivybridge, died after his black Kawasaki motorbike was struck from behind by a Ford Transit van on the A38 on-slip at St Budeaux junction on the evening of May 12. At the time he was stationary, alongside a black Mercedes which had pulled up alongside him on the on-slip
Benjamin Parry, aged 42 of Wrights Close in Devonport was driving the van at the time while Chad Brading, aged 36 of Wright Close, Devonport and Thomas Pawley, aged 32 of Heather Walk, Ivybridge were in the Mercedes car. All three have denied the charge of murder by joint enterprise.
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The jury previously heard how Mr Crawford was a member of the Red Chiefs Motorcycle Club (MC) – affiliated to the more notorious Hells Angels gang – whereas Parry, Brading and Pawley were all members of the rival Bandidos Motorcycle Club (MC)
The jury at Plymouth Crown Court listened as junior prosecution counsel Simon Jones and Det Sgt Joe Mercer read out the interview with Brading following his second arrested in June this year. Brading, who had been identified as the President of the Plymouth chapter of the Bandidos MC, whilst Parry was the secretary and Pawley the ‘road captain’.