It’s alleged David Eyre, aged 72, knocked three riders off their machines, leaving one trapped under his vehicle – who he then told: “I hope you die you little b******.” A court heard Eyre had “lost his temper” after taking “exception to the way the youths were driving their mopeds”.
And it is said Eyre rammed his Mercedes A class into the bike at the back of the convoy, causing the rider to go over the bonnet of his car although “amazingly” he only suffered cuts and bruises.
After hitting the second moped, Eyre then struck the lead bike – leaving the driver trapped under the Mercedes.
The pensioner admitted three charges of grievous bodily harm but has denied three charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The rider who was trapped suffered a laceration to his liver, a mild brain injury and a fractured collar bone which needed an operation, Birmingham Live reports.
Another victim suffered fractures to his knuckles, while the third suffered a fractured collar bone and a compression fracture to his spine.
Matthew Brook, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said: “On November 5 (2019), the defendant lost his temper and caused really serious injury to three youths.
“On that afternoon he was driving his car and he had been out to collect some fish and chips for lunch, for himself and his wife.
“On his way back he came across three mopeds being driven by three youths. One of the mopeds had a passenger on the back.
“The youths appear to have taken exception to the way the defendant was driving his car and he took exception to the way the youths were driving their mopeds.”
Eyre was driving slowly in Sheldon, Birmingham, at the time, but at one point the defendant swerved, possibly to get round a parked car.
The mopeds had then overtaken Eyre and the passenger on the middle bike had “stuck his fingers up” at the defendant, said Mr Brook.
The lawyer said the vehicles moved on to a dual-carriageway where “the defendant’s wing mirror got knocked off.”
The group, said Mr Brook, then got to some traffic lights before turning onto a residential street.
The moped riders at this point, who were one behind the other, were some distance ahead of Eyre who then overtook six cars, he said.
He then rammed the drivers one by one.
Mr Brook added: “The defendant stopped, got out of his car and looked down at the trapped youth and said, ‘I hope you die you little b******’.
“The defendant did little to help apart from getting a jack out of his car which he gave to a member of the public to try and jack up the defendant’s car.
“He then walked home taking his fish and chips with him for his wife’s lunch and then went to a local police station.”
The court was told the defendant told police: “I have been rash. That has always been my problem.”
Eyre, from Sheldon, later admitted to police that he had pursued the moped riders because he had wanted to stop them and ask them why they were doing this to him.
He said he had “inadvertently” hit the back rider and had initially been unaware that the front rider was trapped under his car.
Mr Brook said Eyre had also previously admitted a charge of dangerous driving.
The trial continues.