Two men found guilty of Gerry Tobin murder

Published: 24 November 2008

Two bikers have been found guilty of murdering Gerry Tobin in a shooting on the M40 after last year's Bulldog Bash.

Dane Garside, 42, of Coventry and Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton have both been convicted of the killing of the 35-year-old Hell's Angel. The court is waiting to hear the verdict on the four other defendants on trial.

Prosecutor Timothy Raggatt QC told Birmingham Crown Court that Tobin was a "fully patched" Hell's Angel in London and was a law-abiding citizen.

"This wasn't a case of a man being killed for any personal motive or any personal reason.

"This was a man who was targeted, not because of who he was, but because of what he was. In one sense, Gerry Tobin was a random victim," said Mr Raggatt.

The prosecution called the killing a 'military-style operation' after members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang targetted Tobin.

As Gerry Tobin was travelling home from the Bulldog Bash in August 2007 on the M40 he was shot in the back of the head and died instantly. The killers fled the scene in their car.