Violent videos of beatings were like You’ve Been Framed court told
AN alleged member of a city gang told a jury he never went into a flat where a man was falsely imprisoned and videoed being beaten.
Nathan McCrae denies being part of the Other People’s Money (OPM) ring when they lured Malachi Headman-Cook to a flat at Oakhanger Lane, Kingsway, after he “disrespected” the group and its leader.
The 27-year-old said he dropped a friend off, but denied taking part in, or having any knowledge of, the attack at the flat.
McCrae said he was paid £10 to give Yohance ‘Cappo’ Pierre, 25, of Lan Hill, London, a lift to the flat and he waited outside for Freestone ‘Po’ Horsford, 28, of Cophall Street, Tipton, Staffs to arrive.
He said the two men went inside on April 28 while he went to his mum’s house to sleep.
He said: “I never entered the flat. He never said to me what was going on.”
The defendant, of Hazel Field in Drybrook, said he saw the recordings the next day which were sent to him on BlackBerry Messenger.
Gloucester Crown Court heard McCrae later sent a message to Mica McLeary, 19, of Spa Roa, Gloucester, about a video of the victim “squealing and being kicked” – which was never recovered by police. He wrote in another message he was “deading up” or “dying of laughter” at the videos.
Asked if Mr Headman-Cook was an enemy, McCrae responded: “He is not an enemy. He is just an acquaintance.
“He likes to think he is a bit of a lad, a bit of a boy; he has got a cocky attitude.
“Just because I found it funny, doesn’t mean I didn’t like him. You can watch You’ve Been Framed and see someone get hit in the face by a pizza and find it funny, but it doesn’t mean you don’t like them.” Prosecutor Julian Kesner replied the video was “very different” to the TV clips.
McCrae denied assault causing actual bodily harm and false imprisonment. Horsford, McLeary, Pierre, Ashley Walker, 26, of Sissons Road, Gloucester and Lucresia Maguire, 19, of Oakhanger Lane, Kingsway have all admitted those offences.
McCrae is also accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice with Ishmael Butler, which they both deny.
Butler, 31, of Beaufort Road, Gloucester, is not charged with the violence itself, but denies a further charge doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice by telling people to delete messages.
The trial continues.