THREE men on trial for the murder of a man who was blasted to death in a woodland ‘stabbed each other in the back’ in a bid to pass the blame, a jury heard.
Prosecuting barrister Richard Wright, QC, made the claim during his closing speech in the trial over the killing of Colin Pierre.
Mr Pierre, 31, bled to death after being shot in the leg and left to die in woods off Gledhow Valley Road, Gledhow, Leeds, in March this year.
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 plead not guilty to murder and two offences of kidnapping.
The prosecution claims Mr Pierre was killed as a “brutal lesson” for crossing Pyke, described as a “ruthless Leeds drug dealer.”
It is alleged that Pyke fired the fatal shot. It is claimed Wilson and Isles both worked for Pyke and were responsible for collecting Mr Pierre from a house in Morley before delivering him to Pyke.
Mr Wright told the jury: “It is absolutely plain during the course of this trial that each man has done what he can not only to avoid his own responsibility for these offences but has done everything he can to undermine his own co-defendant.” Mr Wright told jurors that Wilson and Isles had sought to blame Pyke, while Pyke had suggested that Wilson had blamed him in order to protect the identity of the ‘real killer’. Mr Wright added: “The prosecution have no need to take sides or jump on one passing bandwagon or another.
“Quite apart from the back stabbing of the defendants, the prosecution presents the case against each defendant.”
The prosecutor said Pyke had changed his account at various stages of the investigation as evidence came to light.
He said: “We invite you to conclude that his whole account is complete manufactured nonsense. It defies sensible scrutiny and it is one that you can safely and resolutely reject.” Andrew Thomas, QC, for Pyke, told the jury they should look at the evidence in an analytical way based on the evidence.
The trial continues.