The pilot of the gyrocopter that killed Warwickshire hunt supporter Trevor Morse is giving evidence in court today (Monday 8 March).

Bryan Griffiths, 55, of Bedworth, Warwickshire, is charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of Morse, 48, at Long Marsdon airfield on 9 March 2009.

The case began at Birmingham Crown Court last Monday, 1 March.

Opening the trial for the prosecution, Gareth Evans QC said on Tuesday: “[Griffiths] deliberately drove the gyrocopter at Trevor Morse with the rear propellor at a speed of 200mph.”

Morse was killed instantly.

In evidence last week, fellow “aviation fanatic” Michael Tipping told the court Bryan Griffiths feared he could be attacked by the hunt.

Mr Tipping was at Long Marsdon airfield at the time of the incident. He told the court Griffiths believed he had been shot at during the day on which he had been following the Warwickshire hunt.

Tipping told the court: “[Griffiths] said I think [Mr Morse] is trying to hold me up, because I know there’s a gang coming for me to beat me up.

“He said that he believed he had been shot at three times while he was flying the autogyro.”

Bryan Griffiths is expected to give evidence over the next three days, and the case is expected to last at least another week.