Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Manslaughter charge farmer 'had no intention of hurting biker'

A farmer accused of killing an off-road motorcyclist in a collision with his Land Rover had no intention of hurting anyone, a court has been told.

Timothy Wolfe, who denies manslaughter, admitted he was "annoyed" when he chased after a group of five riders he saw cross his Hampshire field in 2010.

Mr Wolfe, 63, drove across the field and collided with a bike on a slippery lane, Winchester Crown Court heard.

The Land Rover toppled over and trapped Gary Greaves underneath.

Mr Greaves, a builder and father-of-one from Arundel in West Sussex, died following the collision on 30 October 2010.

'Glancing blow'

The farmer said he had gone around a corner on the track and the bikes had suddenly slowed down.

He hit the brakes and collided with Mr Greaves in a "glancing blow".

Mr Greaves in turn collided with another rider, Andrew Kirkpatrick, causing him minor injuries.

The other riders managed to push the Discovery off 48-year-old Mr Greaves but he died despite attempts to save him, the jury heard.

Mr Wolfe told the court he had had 10 years of trouble with bikers on his farm.

However, he denied he was angry that day under cross-examination by Ian Lawrie QC.

He said his driving was not irresponsible and it was appropriate.

Mr Wolfe, from Sunwood Farm in Ditcham, near Petersfield, denies the manslaughter of Mr Greaves and causing actual bodily harm to Mr Kirkpatrick by wanton and furious driving.

The motorcyclists, mainly from West Sussex, had been taking part in an activity called green laning but had become lost, the court heard.

Mr Greaves had a lung condition that had made being pinned under the vehicle much worse and it had been a factor in his death, a post-mortem examination had found.

The trial continues.

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