A DENBY Dale man accused of two murders said he would never cross the victims.
Thomas Haigh told police that the two drug dealers killed at a Cornish farm were part of a gang with links to the IRA, a court heard.
The pair controlled three major UK cities, according to Haigh, one of their alleged killers.
David Griffiths, 35, from Plymouth and Brett Flournoy, 31, from Merseyside, were shot, burned and buried in a pit inside a van at the farm near St Austell.
But in interview, Haigh said he would never do anything to cross the gang because “they were the nastiest people in England”.
Ross Stone, 28, who lived at the farm, and Haigh, 26, are jointly charged with the murders and deny the allegations.
Stone admits disposing of the bodies at Sunny Corner, Trenance Downs, after the men died on June 16 last year.
Yesterday the jury at Truro Crown Court heard interviews between police and Haigh after he handed himself in on July 18.
Haigh, a cage-fighter who has slight autism, was accompanied by an appropriate adult.
He told officers he worked as Flournoy’s driver and the two were good friends, although Griffiths was a “head case” with a violent temper.