Post by sportstergirl on Sept 8, 2020 19:37:56 GMT
22 year old chef Vincent Gabriel, aka Vince Gabriel was decapitated on his birthday in 1984.He was riding his motorcycle along Undercliffe Drive, Boscombe when he ran into a nylon rope stretched across the road. The rope was put there by teenagers Adrian Hulme & Stephen Mainwaring because they were bored. Maiwaring & Hulme were found guilty of manslaughter & received a very lenient 30 months youth custody.
I have no further details on this apart from a piece in the Bornemouth Echo & Weekly World news. I was active in the bike scene then but never heard of this at the time as I was living in Blackpool. I heard of it in the late 90s when a friend was brought off his bike by a rope (fortunately with minor injuries & little damage) when he told me about "the lad near Bournemouth who had his head cut off" & how that could have been him. I saw a mention of it on a Facebook riders group I was involved in when a biker was hit in the throat by a length of baling wire from a farmer's lorry. fortunately he stayed on the bike but got a nasty cut across his throat . Any further details please add, it seems little reported for such an horrendous crime caused by 2 bored morons
Curfew on Youths Two unemployed youths accused of killing a motorcyclist were granted bail yesterday by Bournemouth magistrates who imposed residence and curfew conditions. Steve Mainwaring (17) of Christchurch, Dorset and Adrian Hulme (17)of Hythe, near Southampton are charged with the manslaughter of Belgian born Vincent Gabriel who died on his 22nd birthday after riding into a lifeboat belt stretched across a road. (Aberdeen Press and Journal Friday 28th December 1984)
Police were today investigating the killing of a 22yr old motorcyclist, who died after his machine hit a rope stretched across a road. A police spokesman said Mr Vincent Franz Gabriel was riding between the piers of Bournemouth and Boscombe on Undercliffe Drive when he hit the rope, which was stretched from a wall to a lampost. Mr Gabriel received severe neck injuries. A police spokesman said two youths aged between 15 and 18 were seen in the area around the time of the incident. (Liverpool Echo Saturday 15th December 1984)
Sorry, not too much information there that you don't already know. Shocking case that, first I'd ever heard of it. There was malice aforethought and a clear plan to target bikers, i'd have thought. Like people who throw rocks and bricks from motorway bridges, they should be facing murder charges.