The President of the Plymouth chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club told a court he ‘hated’ a former colleague after he drove his Transit van into – and then over – a 59-year-old grandfather, killing him.
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 Wright 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.
During cross-examination, father-of-three Brading, who had taken to the witness box in his defence, railed against his former club ‘brother’ and flat mate.
At one point he exclaimed: “I’m an innocent man” before indicating towards Parry in the dock and calling his flatmate a “d***head”. He reminded the jury that Parry had made a full admission in court of killing Mr Crawford. He went on to say that Parry had “ruined two people’s lives” as well as “ruined Mr Crawford’s family’s lives”.