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Jury retires in gyrocopter case

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Bryan Griffiths denies manslaughter by gross negligence

A jury in the case of an animal rights enthusiast who piloted a gyrocopter which killed a hunt supporter has retired to consider its verdict.

Bryan Griffiths, 55, denies manslaughter by gross negligence of Warwickshire Hunt member Trevor Morse at Long Marston airfield in March 2009.

Mr Morse, 48, refused to move out of the way as Mr Griffiths went towards him, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Griffiths, of Wiltshire Close, Bedworth, had been monitoring the hunt.

During the two-week trial, jurors have heard Mr Morse's head was cleaved "from top to bottom" by the blade of the gyrocopter as he tried to stop it from taking off.

Mr Griffiths had stopped at the airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon, to refuel.

The incident was caught on camera by the man who had taken fuel to the airfield, Peter Bunce, and jurors have watched the footage a number of times during the trial.

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