A FARMER who pursued a group of off-road motorcyclists after they rode on his land, killed one of them when his Land Rover Discovery toppled on to him after a collision, a court has heard.
Timothy Wolfe, 63, went after the group of five bikers when he saw them cross his field in October 2010, Winchester Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Ian Lawrie QC said that Wolfe had had problems with off-road bikers before and was ‘upset and angry’ about them being on his land and he pursued them so he could ‘remonstrate’ with them.
He collided with one of the bikes, leading to the death of father-of-one Gary Greaves formerly from Portsmouth who later moved to Arundel, West Sussex.
Wolfe, from Sunwood Farm, Ditcham, near Petersfield, denies the manslaughter of Mr Greaves and causing actual bodily harm to another rider, Andrew Kirkpatrick, by wanton and furious driving.
The group had been taking part in an activity called green laning but had become lost. They had gone across the field of stubble owned by Wolfe to try to find another route, but found it blocked and so the men went back. They then turned on to a muddy track with Wolfe behind.
The farmer collided with Mr Kirkpatrick who in turn collided with his friend Mr Greaves, 48, on another trial bike, the court heard. The Land Rover toppled over on to Mr Greaves, pinning him under the vehicle.
The trial is expected to last eight days.