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Biker tells court he was 'disgusted' by the shooting; TRIAL: Driver of the car from which Gerry Tobin was fatally shot denies any role in murder.

Byline: By Emma Stone CRIME REPORTER

A COVENTRY biker accused of murdering a Hells Angel who was gunned down on a motorway has said he was "disgusted"

by the shooting.

Dane Garside, aged 42, whose exact address cannot be published for legal reasons, admitted driving the car from which Gerry Tobin was fatally shot but denied playing any role in the murder.

Garside told Birmingham Crown Court he was "in bits" after hearing the "bang bang" come from the back of the vehicle he had been "ordered" to drive.

The defendant, who showed his Grim Reaper tattoo on the back of his head to the jury, told the court: "I did not know what was going on."

He said he had been told he was working on surveillance - looking out for other motorcycle gangs - and "did not expect anything like that to happen".

Garside is among six defendants who deny the murder of Mr Tobin, who was shot as he rode along the M40 near Warwick at about 90mph in August last year.

He was driving home after attending the Bulldog Bash - an annual biker festival held at Long Marston Airfield.

Coventry man Sean Creighton, aged 44, pleaded guilty to murder and firearms charges on the day before the trial began. He will be sentenced at the end of the current trial.

Garside, who had been a full member of the South Warwickshire chapter of the Outlaws since December 2006, described how Creighton had wound down the window and shot at Mr Tobin.

He said: "As I turned round when I heard the bangs, the shots, they were that close together, I looked around and Sean was holding a gun."

Mr Tobin, from Mottingham, southeast London, died instantly when he was hit in the neck by a round which passed through his spine into his skull.

The trial continues.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 29, 2008
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