Man remanded over gyrocopter death

LONDON (Reuters) - A 54-year-old man was remanded in custody on Thursday charged with the murder of a hunt supporter hit by a gyrocopter propeller.

Trevor Morse, 48, died of head injuries at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford upon Avon on Monday, Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court in Warwickshire was told.

Heating technician Bryan Griffiths, from Bedworth in north Warwickshire, will reappear at Warwick Crown Court on March 23, the Press Association reported.

Griffiths, who owned the gyrocopter, is a member of an anti-hunt animal rights campaign and works as a volunteer hunt monitor, the magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Philippa Cowley said self-employed gardener Morse was struck by the gyrocopter’s rear-mounted propeller and died “virtually immediately.”

Morse was a committee member of the Warwickshire hunt and worked as a volunteer hunt marshal.

On Monday he had been following the hunt around the south Warwickshire and Thames Valley border.

The court heard that an eyewitness filmed the incident.

The gyrocopter was at the airfield refuelling and has been impounded by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

A second man arrested at the scene has been released on police bail while inquiries continue.

Reporting by Tim Castle and Michael Holden