Bedson said fear and panic rather than a thirst
for revenge drove him to fire the six shots that
killed Bandidos enforcer Ross Brand.
"I was scared," Mr
Bedson, 27, told Melbourne's Supreme Court.
"I started to panic. I
wasn't intending to hurt anyone, I just wanted to
shoot the clubhouse."
Mr Bedson, a member of
bikie group Death Before Dishonour, is accused of
murdering Brand and seriously wounding Bandidos
associate Paul Szerwinski after opening fire at a
group of men outside the Bandidos Breakwater
clubhouse on October 22, 2008.
The court heard
tempers had been running high after a fight between
a friend of Mr Bedson's and a nominated member of
the Bandidos at the Geelong Cup earlier that day.
Mr Bedson told how he
and a group of friends met his brother Derek Bedson
in Buckleys Tabaret in Breakwater, where Derek
appeared drunk and agitated by news of the earlier
"He said he wanted to
shoot the clubhouse," Mr Bedson said.
"In his car I saw the
end of a gun sticking out from one of his work
"Obviously he was
serious, but that's not what Derek's normally like.
"So I told Derek:
'You're not going to do it, I'm going to do it."'
Mr Bedson said he, his
brother and a driver climbed into Derek's white
twin-cab Toyota Hilux, and John directed the driver
to the Bandidos' clubhouse.
"My intention was to
see if the coast was clear, and if not, just keep
going," Mr Bedson said.
Mr Bedson said he
could see people outside and instructed the driver
to keep going, but instead the driver slowed and
came to a stop outside the club.
"I saw Ross Brand
storm out of the clubhouse rooms, reaching
forwards," Mr Bedson said.
"I was scared. I
thought we were going to be shot at.
"I picked up the gun
and started shooting, turning my head, telling the
driver to go."
Mr Bedson said he had
not been aiming at the men.
"Did you intend to
shoot them?" defence counsel Ian Hayden asked.
"No, not at all," Mr
Bedson said. "I didn't shoot at anybody."
Mr Bedson said he had
been troubled to learn the next day that Brand died.
"When I heard someone had been killed I was worried
about it," he said.
"I didn't want
anything like that to happen.
"I wouldn't have even
left my house if I'd known this was going to
But Crown prosecutor
Christopher Ryan, SC, reminded the jury other
witnesses had denied Brand had a gun on him when he
was shot dead.
"There was no gun," Mr
Ryan told Mr Bedson.
"You have made up that
story to give some decency to what you did that day.
"You knew there were
people in that clubhouse. When you had the rifle in
your lap you took the opportunity to shoot at them.
"Those men ran for
their lives back into that clubroom."
The trial continues
before Justice Elizabeth Curtain.