Drug dealer David Griffiths, shot along with Wirral man Brett Flournoy, known as an “enforcer” with “reputation for fighting”, court told
DRUG dealer David Griffiths who was shot and buried on a remote farm alongside Brett Flournoy was known as an “enforcer” with a “reputation for fighting” who threatened to kill another drug dealer and members of his family over a debt of just £3,000, a court was told.
Truro Crown Court heard David Griffiths, 35, who died along with Brett Flournoy, 31, from Bebington, Wirral, in Cornwall last June may also have been in debt himself to “travellers” for as much as £30,000.
The jury in the murder trial of Ross Stone and Thomas Haigh, who are accused of killing Mr Griffiths and Mr Flournoy, previously heard that Stone owed the pair between £30,000 and £40,000 after drugs he brought from them were stolen from his farm.
The court also heard from a man who saw Haigh shortly after the men are believed to have been killed, saying he turned up at his caravan sweating and out of breath, saying he had been beaten up and asking to have a shower and a change of clothes.
The third day of the trial also heard from Richard Hawke, who admitted selling cocaine brought from Mr Griffiths.
He told the court Mr Griffiths had threatened him after he got into arrears, and had to be bailed out by Stone, who arranged for a fresh consignment of cocaine to be delivered to allow him to sell it and pay off his debt.
The badly burned bodies of Mr Griffiths, a dad-of -three originally from Plymouth but living in Berkshire, and Mr Flournoy, a boxer and dad-of-two were found dumped in the back of a van buried on the farm in July last year.
Haigh, 26, formerly of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, and Stone, 28, from St Austell, Cornwall, both deny two counts of murder. Stone admits obstructing a coroner by burying the bodies.
(Proceeding) THE WIRRAL NEWS