A MAN accused of blasting a father to death as a punishment over a drug deal told a jury he is a victim of mistaken identity.
Anthony Micah Pyke yesterday denied responsibility for the death of Colin Pierre and said he was not present at the time of the fatal shooting.
Mr Pierre, 31, bled to death after being shot in the leg and left to die in woodland off Gledhow Valley Road in the early hours of March 11 this year.
The body was found in a stream by a 16-year-old boy on his way to school the next morning. The prosecution allege Mr Pierre, 31, was shot as a punishment meted out by Pyke. The prosecution claims Pyke operated an extensive drug dealing network and used others to deal for him
Pyke, 32, of Gordon Terrace, Meanwood, Ian Wilson, 37, and Trevor Isles, 49, both of Highfield Green, Pudsey, are on trial where they plead not guilty to murder and two offences of kidnapping.
Pyke yesterday denied any involvement in the shooting when he gave evidence to the court.
He said he had first been told about a shooting by a man he had gone to meet to sell drugs to in Harehills Avenue.
Pyke said: “I started to panic at first. I asked him to take me back up to where it happened and he did.” Pyke said he went into the woods with the man and there was no sign of an ambulance or police. He said he then saw Mr Pierre’s body in a stream. Pyke’s barrister Andrew Thomas asked: “Was there any signs of life?” He replied: “He was just making some noises.”
Pyke said he then drove the man back to a house on Harehills Avenue where they picked up a woman. He said he drove the pair to a phone box near Potternewton Park where he thought they would contact emergency services.
Andrew Stubbs, QC, Wilson’s barrister, accused Pyke of making threats to his client for being a “grass”.
Mr Stubbs said: “In prison, Mr Pyke, if word gets out that someone is a grass, what can happen to them?” Pyke replied: “They can get done in.”
The barrister asked: “A particular way people get done in is by mixing boiling water and sugar and throwing it at them.
“That is called baptising someone isn’t it?
“That is why when Mr Wilson was sitting in the dock you said ‘he’s going to get baptised’” Pyke denied making the threat. Mr Stubbs continued: “Mr Wilson has every reason to be scared of you.”
Pyke replied: “Why’s that?”
Mr Stubbs said: “Because he saw you produce the gun and shoot Colin Pierre.”
Pyke replied: “No.”
The barrister asked: “Mr Wilson’s case is that you produced the gun and shot Colin Pierre. You do understand that don’t you?”
Pyke said: “Yes.”
Mr Stubbs said: “So he’s a grass?”
Pyke replied: “No, he’s got his identity mistaken.”
The trial continues.