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Murder trial hears of 'simmering feud between two traveller families'

Patrick Maloney died after the attack at Toddbury Farm. Credit: Bedfordshire Police / ITV News Anglia

A "simmering feud" between two traveller families led to a father-of-three being murdered when he was dragged under a van, a court has heard.

Patrick Maloney, 43, died from "multiple crushing injuries" after being hit by a van at the Toddbury Farm site, near Leighton Buzzard, on 2 August 2016.

Christopher McCarthy, 22, from the neighbouring Greenacres site, denies murder.

His brother Thomas McCarthy, 24, has pleaded not guilty to causing Mr Maloney actual bodily harm on the same night.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told Luton Crown Court his death was "the culmination of a simmering feud between two travelling families" after the Maloneys had moved to the site a few weeks earlier.

She told the jury that Mr Maloney was seen as a "gentle giant".

"It hit him and dragged his body along the gravel on a vacant plot before doing a circle movement around the plot and leaving the scene.

"He suffered extensive injuries consistent with being run over and dragged under a vehicle. The van bobs up and down as it goes over Patrick."

– Miranda Moore QC, proseucting