By Emma Smith
Seven members of a motorcycle gang found guilty of murdering a Hell’s Angel were sentenced to life today.
The men who belong to rival motorcycle club the Outlaws were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after being convicted of shooting Gerry Tobin on August 12 last year.
Tobin was killed instantly after being shot in the head as he rode along the M40 on his way home from the annual Hell’s Angel Bulldog Bash in Warwickshire.
The gang received over 190 years behind bars in total.
Simon Turner, 41, received a minimum of 30 years for murder and two firearm offences.
Sean Crichton, 44, the gang’s president, was convicted of the same charges and will serve a minimum of 28 years and six months.
Dane Garside, 42, was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years for the same offences.
Malcolm Bull, 53, was convicted of murder and possessing a shotgun and will serve a minimum of 25 years and Dean Taylor, 47, will serve a minimum of 30 years for the same charges.
Karl Garside ,47, was convicted of murder and will spend at least 26 years behind bars and Ian Cameron, 45, will serve a minimum of 25 years.
As he sentenced, Mr. Justice Treaty told the defendants how shocked he had been at the nature of the murder. He said: “This was an appalling murder.
“A totally innocent man was executed with a firearm in broad daylight on a busy motorway for no reason other than he belonged to a different motorcycle club than yours.
“The utter pointlessness of what you did makes his murder more shocking.”
During the trial the jury heard how the seven men had “scouted” Tobin for three days prior to the murder.
The vehicle which was used to fire the gun from was taken to a remote country lane and burnt by the gang after the murder.
Mr. Justice Treaty added that the scouting had been done by the gang with murder in their hearts.
Rivalry between the two gangs originates from the 1960s, after a series of murders in North America.
Warwickshire is regarded by the Outlaws as their territory and so the location of last year’s festival was thought to have been a deliberate provocation by the Hell’s Angels.
Around one hundred members of the Outlaws gang waited outside the court, which had to be patrolled by armed police officers.
Prosecutor Timothy Raggatt QC described Tobin as “a man of good character” and a “soft target”.