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Man in court for propeller death

Trevor Morse
Trevor Morse was a keen hunting enthusiast

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a hunt supporter who was hit by a gyrocopter propeller.

Trevor Morse, 48, from Alderminster, Warwickshire, was struck by a rear-mounted propeller at Long Marston airfield on Monday afternoon.

Bryan Griffiths, 54, an anti-hunt campaigner from Bedworth in Warwickshire, appeared before magistrates in Nuneaton earlier.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Warwick Crown Court on 23 March.

The court was told that heating technician Mr Griffiths was a member of an anti-hunt animal rights campaign and worked as a volunteer hunt monitor, liaising with police.

'Collision filmed'

A second man held on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail while inquiries continue.

The two men were arrested at the airfield at the time of the collision, about 1500 GMT.

The incident was also filmed on a video camera by an eyewitness, magistrates were told.

A post-mortem examination carried out at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire revealed he died from severe head injuries.

Mr Morse died "virtually instantly", the court heard.

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