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Gyrocopter manslaughter case

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Adam Smith
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#1 Posted: 3/2/2010 20:20:57

Court case from the UK:

A pilot who was helping animal rights activists drove a gyrocopter at a hunt supporter, cleaving his head with its blades, a court heard yesterday.

Jurors watched in horror as the “brutal” 90-second video was played of Trevor Morse’s final moments, when he was struck by the rear propellers spinning at 200mph. The pilot, Bryan Griffiths, 55, is accused of killing the 48-year-old Warwickshire Hunt member during a tense stand-off at an airfield.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article7047104.ece



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#2 Posted: 3/2/2010 22:40:47

What I wouldn't give for a week where I don't see a story like this.   The sad part is, this gentleman lost his life over the lives of a few foxes.

 



Joanne Palmer
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#3 Posted: 3/2/2010 23:09:46

I don't think it was manslaughter.  Here it would be murder.  We as the aviation community don't need this.



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#4 Posted: 3/3/2010 08:05:56

Nothing like a sensationally bad story to start off the day.  Where's the dislike button? 



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#5 Posted: 3/4/2010 19:03:03

Wheather it was manslaughter or murder in the 2nd, realy does not matter after the PILOT made the mistake of using an Airplane we all have time to show we are not as dumb as he was.



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#6 Posted: 3/4/2010 21:21:25

Sounds like a case of pure negligence (motive known only to the gyro pilot) resulting in a horrific death.  He should have known better and failed to provide for the safety of those around him.



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#7 Posted: 3/4/2010 21:56:23

What's done is dumb; no need to split hairs over this one.  It's like when the Ohio State University protesters threw rocks at the National Guardsmen ( who had guns).  They were all temper rare-illy off their rockers.  In confrontations like these it doesn't really matter who was wrong ---everybody was; everybody lost.



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#8 Posted: 3/4/2010 22:15:15

It really gets down to this:

If someone is attempting to stop you from taking off, you do not start your engine and hope the whirling blades will simply shoosh them out of the way. 

You remain calm, pickup up the phone and call the authorities fully describing the situation.  Then file a complaint and pursue the matter through civil action.  The sad part is gyro guy may have allegedly escalated the situation.  And with a video camera present no less.

Any guess on which way the jury will decide after viewing the video?  They will be asked who had the ultimate control of the situation and the aircraft?  The pilot or the decapitated bystander? 

 



#9 Posted: 3/4/2010 22:50:23

I think that was Kent State University, at Kent, Ohio, when the Gaurdsmen fired on the students.



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#10 Posted: 3/7/2010 23:52:50

Yes you're right Russell.  I can't remember why I forgot that.  I've been told I have a mind like a steel trap, but maybe the rusty old spring is broke.



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#12 Posted: 3/18/2010 23:09:32

Although I understand the thinking behind the jury's decision, I think it's wrong.  I think the pilot should have taken the fall.  He wasn't the only one responsible, but ultimately he was the one in control of the machine. 



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#13 Posted: 3/19/2010 10:45:18

When being threatened, as this man felt he was, I don't have any issues with his trying to leave.  I feel that an adult stupid enough to stand in the way of a turning prop is responsible for their own shortcomings. (yes a poor pun, but logical I think)  I feel badly for the family and friends this ______ left behind, because they are the people paying dearly for his stupidity.  Actions have consequenses, and I'd bet the gyro pilot will not sleep well, even found not guilty, and these need to be considered fully when offering your life up as this man did. If I were hemmed in by people that were blatantly antagonistic to me, and there was no exit clear, I would begin clearing one myself.  Is the muggee expected to take the fall for protecting himself when being herded into a corner by two thugs so they can call in some more?  

It was a tragedy, (travesty to begin with) but  I agree with the jury, not neglegence on the pilot, but neglegence on the antagonist.

KB