A MAN was taken into woods and blasted to death as a “brutal lesson” for taking drugs from a dealer which he was unable to pay for, a jury heard.
A murder trial heard Colin Pierre, 31, bled to death after being shot in the leg and left to die in woodland off Gledhow Valley Road, Gledhow, Leeds.
Mr Pierre’s body was found in a stream by a 16-year-old boy on his way to school, the morning after the killing.
Leeds Crown Court heard Pierre and another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were forced to walk from a car into the woods.
The other man was forced to kneel and Colin Pierre was shot in front of him.
Anthony Micah Pyke, 32, of Gordon Terrace, Meanwood, Ian Wilson, 37, and Trevor Isles, 49, both of Highfield Green, Pudsey, are on trial where they pleaded not guilty to murder and two offences of kidnapping.
The prosecution allege Mr Pierre was shot as a punishment meted out by Pyke, a “ruthless Leeds drug dealer” who was also known as BJ.
Richard Wright, QC, prosecuting, said: “He was shot and killed because he, as a punishment, had smoked some drugs that belonged to BJ and had not been able to pay him for them.”
The court heard Pyke operated an extensive drug dealing network and used others to deal for him and controlled the business through numerous mobile telephones.
A few days before the killing, which took place just before 2am on March 11 this year, Pyke had given the other man heroin and cocaine to sell.
Mr Wright said instead of selling them, the man and Mr Pierre smoked them and ignored all the rules of the arrangement that Pyke had dictated to him.
The prosecutor said Wilson and Isles both worked for Pyke and were responsible for collecting Mr Pierre from a house in Morley before delivering him to Pyke.
It is alleged Pyke and another unknown man walked the pair into the woods before Pyke fired the fatal shot from a 12 gauge shotgun.
Mr Pierre then fell down a steep bank into the stream.
The jury was played a recording of a 999 call thought to have been made by Mr Pierre as he lay dying.
The trial continues today.