Motorcycle shop boss in biker gang row 'shot with crossbow'

A MOTORcycle shop boss was hit in the stomach with a bolt from a crossbow when he answered the door at his home, a jury heard yesterday.

Andrew Malham was greeted by a man who at first claimed to have run out of petrol but when he tried to shut the door the caller attempted to push it open shouting "You're dead you bastard, that's it you're finished."

Andrew Hatton, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court that Mr Malham was "extremely fortunate that he was not finished for what followed was a determined attempt to murder him."

He heard a sound and felt an impact on his stomach which turned out to be the bolt which was later found lying on a mat in the hall of his home in Clifford Moor Road, Boston Spa, near Wetherby.

The bolt could have been lethal but fortunately he only suffered a small wound on his abdomen which was dressed in hospital.

Mr Hatton told the jury it was the Crown's case that the attacker was Paul Miller. Mr Malham had run out after the man and saw a red Rover accelerate away at speed. He took the number and gave it to the police.

Later that night two officers stopped a car at Hambleton, near Selby, because no front lights were displayed. That had the same number and the two occupants were Paul Miller and his brother Andrew.

Paul Miller, 32 of Station Road, Bawtry, Doncaster and Andrew William Miller, 25 of Harewood Drive, Bawtry, both deny attempting to murder Mr Malham on July 25 last year or of wounding him with intent.

Mr Hatton told the jury the prosecution did not have to prove a motive, but it was possible it was connected to a dispute between members of a motorcycle club the Blue Angels and Mr Malham's business.

Mr Malham and his business partner Paul Moody ran Thundercity Motorcycles in Sheepscar, Leeds and the dispute had resulted in some of the members of the club being prosecuted.

Among items police recovered from a room shared by the two brothers last July at the Station Hotel, Bawtry which was run by their mother, was a Leeds/Bradford A-Z which had asterisks marking the addresses of both Mr Malham and Mr Moody.

Mr Malham told the jury the row involved a bike damaged in an accident and a claim it had not been properly repaired. It led to threats and criminal damage.

Members of the Blue Angels had ridden by the business slowly last April beeping horns and revving engines on the anniversary of an earlier arson attack on the premises.

Mr Malham told the jury that last July when he tried to close his door on the man who called he heard a noise like an air pistol being discharged.

He said the man also sprayed liquid through the letter box before leaving.

The trial continues.