A DRUGs supplier owed hundreds of thousands of pounds to criminal gangs across the world, a man accused of his murder has alleged.

Gurinderjit Rai is said to have owed money to gangs in Liverpool, Birmingham, Brazil, and others abroad before he was found shot dead in a layby in Corhampton on July 13, 2019.

Aston Hannis, who is alleged to have killed the 30-year-old, said that Mr Rai was stressed before his death as he owed “£200,000 to one of the gangs and around £100,000 to another one of the gangs”.

Winchester Crown Court heard that Mr Rai told Hannis that he had "enemies" in the drug world.

Hannis was introduced to Mr Rai by friend Shane Dyke, and was told that “he could get large quantities of a drugs at a cheaper price”.

Giving evidence today (Friday), Hannis said: “We got on very well we had the same interest. We were both really into the gym.”

He said he had "no reason whatsoever" to want Mr Rai dead.

Hannis’ defence barrister Rosano Scamardella asked his client: “If you owed money and Rai gets shot dead does your debt to him go away?”

He replied: “It would go along to the next person in the line, the person he would get the drugs off of.

“In fact, it would probably make things a lot worse because the gang he would have been getting the drugs off would have lost out on a lot of money.”

Hannis told the court that there would be “serious consequences” if you owed money to a serious organised crime group including “violence and even death,” adding: “You’d get shot”.

Messages between Hannis and Mr Rai detailed high amounts of money owed, but the drug dealer said that the sums were “minor”, and he would be able to repay the supplier weekly.

In May 2019 the safe houses where Hannis’ drug network kept cash and drugs were robbed, and it was suspected that Mr Dyke had been involved, but he denied this.

Mr Scamardella asked Hannis whether he ever thought Mr Rai was responsible for the break-ins, but Hannis said that he never suspected him.

In text messages Hannis spoke to co-defendants Charlie Statham and Paul White about the robbery and finding out who was responsible.

When asked what he would do if he found out who was responsible, Hannis said: “Obviously I would confront them to see what they had to say about the situation and [if they were responsible] they would get punched up.”

Hannis was asked about the kidnapping of drug enforcer Paul Farhad by members of a Liverpool gang on the orders of Mr Rai regarding a robbery.

Giving evidence, Hannis said: “He (Mr Rai) told me that Farhad had blamed Rai for the drugs robbery, two robberies, one at mine and a previous one.

“They had grabbed Farhad for the robbery, Farhad had turned around [and said] that it wasn’t him and that Rai was responsible.

“He (Mr Rai) told me basically not to worry, continue on working as normal, that the Scousers wouldn’t believe Farhad and they would be on our side.”

Farhad was also asked about the robbery of Hannis’ safe houses, but denied having anything to do with them, the court heard.

Hannis, 29, of Leah Gardens, Eastleigh; Statham, 30, of Crescent Close, Oliver's Battery; Corin Barlow, 41, from Horley, Surrey; White, 27, of Dyson Drive, Abbotts Barton, all deny murder.

Today Barlow pleaded guilty to being in possession of a shortened shotgun without a certificate.

Phillip Hodan, 43, of Longwood Dean Lane, Owslebury, denies participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group.

The trial continues.