Dad executed by vigilantes over rumour he was sexually abusing kids court told

A young father was "executed" by three vigilantes over rumours he was sexually abusing kids, a court has heard.

Jordan Bottom, 24, Rikki Smith, 25, and Albert Thorn, 57, are accused of taking Bradley Lyons, 30, to a shallow grave and shooting him dead after assaulting him and keeping him inside a car boot for hours in December 2018.

The men appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, on Monday (April 24) for the start of a five-week trial.

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The prosecution told the court that a police investigation found no evidence to back up the claims made against Mr Lyons, who lived with his wife Jana Hooper, their three young children and four of Ms Hooper’s from previous relationships.

The father-of-four was allegedly set upon as he laid in bed after an early morning shift at a supermarket and bundled into the boot of his mum's car.

“They attacked him by surprise, they assaulted him and they restrained him,” Prosecutor Raymond Gibson KC said.

“He suffered injuries to his face and head and was bleeding profusely.”

The trio are accused of tying Mr Lyons to a metal massage table as part of their bid to extract a confession from him.

They then allegedly dug a shallow grave and shot Mr Lyons with a shotgun in Victoria’s Gippsland region.

Outlining the case against the three men, Mr Gibson said: “The prosecution case is that all three men on trial here were complicit in the murder of Bradley Lyons … all three men participated voluntarily in the summary execution.”

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The trio have each pleaded not guilty to Mr Lyons murder and deny they assaulted him on the massage table.

Both Mr Smith and Mr Bottom have also pleaded not guilty to false imprisonment.

Mr GIbson said Mr Thorn had allegedly told his eight-year-old daughter on December 3 he had “killed someone last night”.

“He told her he (Mr Lyons) was rude to children and sexually abused them," he added.

A jury was previously told how Jordan Bottom allegedly wrote rap lyrics after the killing.

“I’ve got murder on my mind, see blood in my sight, murder in the mind, somebody’s dying tonight,” were the lyrics read to a Supreme Court jury in August.

The trial continues.

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