Motorbike mob ‘killed rival Hell’s Angel after spotting him on his bike on their turf’, court hears

Motorbike mob ‘killed rival Hell’s Angel after spotting him on his bike on their turf’: Bandido in van rammed gang rival and dragged body nearly a mile along A38 after ‘working together with two fellow members in Mercedes’

  • Red Chiefs biker granddad David Crawford, 59, hit by a van and dragged for 1km
  • Three members of the rival Bandidos gang deny murder by joint enterprise
  • Yesterday, van driver Benjamin Parry, 42, was convicted of manslaughter
  • Jury still considering the verdicts of Thomas Pawley, 32, and Chad Brading, 36  

A motorbike gang killed a member of a rival group by smashing into the back of vehicle and dragging his body for a kilometre, a court has heard.

David Crawford, 59, was riding on the St Budeaux slip road by the A38 in Plymouth, Devon on May 12 when he was sighted by three members of the international Bandidos motorbike club.

Former British servicemen Benjamin Parry, 42, Thomas Pawley, 32, and Chad Brading, 36, all deny the charge of murder by joint enterprise.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that Mr Crawford, member of Red Chiefs bike club affiliated to Hell’s Angels, had been wearing his badges and insignia at the time of the incident, which is considered ‘bad form by a country mile to wear colours on the patch of a rival club’ 

Benjamin Parry, 42, (captured on a police body camera) was driving the van that hit Mr Crawford. He was convicted of manslaughter at Plymouth Crown Court

Benjamin Parry, 42, (captured on a police body camera) was driving the van that hit Mr Crawford. He was convicted of manslaughter at Plymouth Crown Court

David Crawford, 59, died while riding on the St Budeaux slip road by the A38 in Plymouth, Devon on May 12 this year

David Crawford, 59, died while riding on the St Budeaux slip road by the A38 in Plymouth, Devon on May 12 this year

Prosecutor Paul Cavin KC told the jury that the trio had been ‘working together’ when they ‘deliberately targeted’ Mr Crawford.

Pawley and Brading are accused of stopping Mr Crawford on the slip road in a black Mercedes car before he was hit from behind by Parry’s speeding van. 

At around 8.40pm, Parry ploughed into and killed Mr Crawford as he made his way home to Ivybridge, Devon, the court heard.

‘Brutal’ inward and outward dashcam from Parry’s van, showed the collision which saw the grandfather being thrown up into the air.

His body was then trapped under the van  which sped off down the slip road, on to the A38 and only dislodged when Parry turned off on to the next slip road at Devonport, the jury heard. 

Mr Crawford, a grandfather, died at the scene from his injuries despite the efforts of a passing female paramedic and other drivers.

An aerial shot of the collision location where Mr Crawford died while riding his motorcycle. Prosecutors allege three members of the rival Bandidos gang 'deliberately targeted' him. They all deny murder charges

An aerial shot of the collision location where Mr Crawford died while riding his motorcycle. Prosecutors allege three members of the rival Bandidos gang ‘deliberately targeted’ him. They all deny murder charges

The Bandidos gang's clothing. The trio allegedly mowed down Mr Crawford for wearing his group's colours on their patch

The Bandidos gang’s clothing. The trio allegedly mowed down Mr Crawford for wearing his group’s colours on their patch

The court heard other motorists first came across the damaged bike and called the police – and then officers were called to the scene where the body was located following marks left in the road from Mr Crawford’s crash helmet.

The number plate of the van came off and officers went to Parry’s home address and arrested him less than two hours later on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving before being re-arrested on suspicion of murder.

Parry, a former member of the Royal Engineers and now a jet vacuum engineer, accelerated from 17mph to 28mph as he hit Mr Crawford.

Image shows Mr Crawford parked at Tamar Bridge with a black Mercedes coming behind him. Prosecutors allege three members of the rival Bandidos gang 'deliberately targeted' the granddad. They all deny murder by joint enterprise

Image shows Mr Crawford parked at Tamar Bridge with a black Mercedes coming behind him. Prosecutors allege three members of the rival Bandidos gang ‘deliberately targeted’ the granddad. They all deny murder by joint enterprise

Parry, of Devonport, told police: ‘I did not intend to knock the motorcyclist off his bike. I did not intend to kill him or cause him any injury.

‘I only intended to bump the back of his bike. When I realised I had knocked him off the bike I panicked and drove on.

‘I did not realise he was still under the van until he fell free of the van as I pulled off the Parkway.’

But towards the end of the trial Parry admitted the manslaughter of Mr Crawford – a plea rejected by the prosecution – and he was convicted of that charge by the jury.

He had told the jury: ‘I had a rush of blood to the head and decided to knock him off into the verge. I lost all me common sense.’

After Parry struck the biker, the Mercedes carrying Thomas Pawley, 32, and Chad Brading, 36, drove off at speed in front of the van.

Mr Cavin said Pawley, Road Captain of the Bandidos chapter, was later found hiding in the loft of his home.

Image of the Bandidos gang's clothing. Parry, Pawley and Brading are accused of deliberately  mowing down Mr Crawford for wearing his group's colours on their patch

Image of the Bandidos gang’s clothing. Parry, Pawley and Brading are accused of deliberately  mowing down Mr Crawford for wearing his group’s colours on their patch

He had also tried to conceal his mobile phone behind a water tank and items of his Bandidos club clothes were found shredded.

Mr Crawford and fellow members of the Red Chiefs biker gang had been riding in convoy and arrived at the Tamar Bridge which connects Devon and Cornwall that evening, the court heard.

At that point Mr Crawford left the group as he made his way home.

The jury was told Brading, of Plymouth, and Pawley, of Ivybridge, Devon, followed Mr Crawford as they wanted to ‘talk to him about wearing his colours in Plymouth’.

The court heard that Brading and Bawley had been driving along in the Mercedes when ‘out of the blue the van turned up and ran over Mr Crawford and the could not believe Parry had done that.

Father-of-three Brading, president of the Bandidos, told police it was a ‘massive miscalculation on Parry’s part’.

The image shows where Mr Crawford was dislodged from the van. Benjamin Parry was convicted of manslaughter at Plymouth Crown Court for his involvement

The image shows where Mr Crawford was dislodged from the van. Benjamin Parry was convicted of manslaughter at Plymouth Crown Court for his involvement 

‘No one has every set out to kill anybody,’ Brading, a member of the Parachute regiment who served in Afghanistan and in private miltary close protection, also told police.

Meanwhile, Pawley, a former Royal Navy sailor, called Parry a ‘d**khead’ who had ‘f***ed up once again’.

Parry, Brading and Pawley all deny the murder of Mr Crawford.

Yesterday, a jury returned a  verdict of not guilty of murder against Parry but convicted him of manslaughter. 

They are still considering their verdicts on the other two men on the alternative charge of manslaughter.

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