Bike shop owner shot with crossbow

Brothers face attempted murder charge

AN ATTEMPTED murder trial at Leeds Crown Court has been hearing how a motorcycle shop owner was shot in the stomach by a man wielding a crossbow, says Yorkshire Evening Post.

Andrew Malham, director of Thundercity Motorcycles was hit in the stomach after he opened his front door in Boston Spa to a man claiming to have run out of petrol.

The court heard how defendant Paul Miller, 32, told Mr Malham before firing the shot: "You're dead, that's it. You're finished." Prosecuter Andrew Hatton said acid was then sprayed through the letterbox. It's claimed mr Miller was assisted by his brother, Andrew.

Mr Malham told the court the trouble started when a number of the Blue Angels biker gang were prosecuted after a criminal damage conviction following an attack on Mr Malham's home.

The court heard that on April 30 last year members of the gang drove past Mr Malham's business beeping their horns and revving engines on the anniversary of an arson attack.

The jury was told police discovered instructions and a crossbow – not the one used in the alleged attack – in a bedroom the Miller brothers shared at the Station Hotel in Bawtry, run by their mother.
Police also found an A to Z with markings on both Mr Malham's and his business partner Paul Moody's addresses.

Paul Miller, of Station Road, Bawtry and Andrew Miller, of Harewod Drive, Bawtry, both deny attempted murder and an alternative charge of wounding with intent.