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Hunt supporter killed by gyrocopter 'had time to move'

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Bryan Griffiths denies the manslaughter by gross negligence

A hunt supporter who was killed by a gyrocopter propeller was given "ample opportunity" to move out of the way, Birmingham Crown Court has heard

Pilot Bryan Griffiths, 55, of Bedworth, Warwickshire, denies the manslaughter by gross negligence of Trevor Morse on 9 March, 2009.

He had stopped to refuel when a stand-off between the men occurred.

Mr Morse was given the opportunity to move but was determined to continue his "unlawful vigilantism".

The court was told members of the Warwickshire Hunt had become annoyed by anti-hunt monitors flying above them.

Earlier in the trial, jurors were told Mr Morse and a second man had a plan to stop the gyrocopter from taking off at Long Marston airfield, so they could confront the pilot.

The case continues.



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