A MAN has gone on trial accused of murder over the death of a man who was taken into woods and blasted to death as a punishment over a drugs dispute.
A jury 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, on March 11 last year.
Mr Pierre’s body was found in a stream the morning after the killing. Xavier Dore, 22, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he is accused of helping gunman Anthony Micah Pyke carry out the killing. The jury has been told Pyke, 33, is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence after being found guilty of murder and two offences of kidnap. The prosecuting allege Dore, of Reginald Terrace, Chapeltown, was a criminal associate of Pyke’s and was involved in dealing heroin and cocaine. Richard Wright, QC, prosecuting, said Dore was involved in kidnapping Mr Pierre and another man after they had smoked drugs which they had not paid for and were supposed to sell. Dore is also alleged to have helped drive the two men to the woods.
The other man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced to kneel and Mr Pierre was shot in front of him. Dore pleads not guilty to murder, false imprisonment and two offences of kidnapping.
Mr Wright said it was the prosecution’s case told that although Dore did not pull the trigger, he was guilty of murder as he knew Mr Pierre would be killed or seriously injured. He said: “It was a brutal lesson meted out as punishment...for crossing Anthony Micah Pyke and Xavier Dore.”
The trial continues.