A TEENAGER standing trial for the murder of Huddersfield taxi man Mohammad Parvaiz planned a B&B stay with the £80 takings he stole off the dying man.
The claim was made by a 17-year-old about defendant Christopher Murphy during the proceedings at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Jurors heard the young witness describe how Murphy `robbed' from Mr Parvaiz's Lockwood Taxis minibus while the driver was being beaten to death outside the vehicle.
He said the defendants tried to steal Mr Parvaiz's gold watch, rings and chains as they kicked the 42-year-old in the head.
The witness, who cannot be named, told how he found out about the tragedy a day later when another defendant, a 16-year-old, informed him of the killing.
He said: "He told me that someone got killed the previous night in Golcar. He told me it was my friends that done it - I didn't know whether to believe it or not."
Michael Hand, 19, has pleaded guilty to murder. Murphy, 18, Graeme Slavin, 18, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old all deny the charge.
The witness told the trial defendant revealed to him how his five friends threw bricks at the car, dragged the driver out and hit him.
He said: "The driver must have been terrified. He tried to drive off, but one of them pulled him out of the car to the ground.
" The others ran over and were giving him a really vicious beating.
"Murphy jumped into the driver's seat, grabbed the money bag, and then carried on beating the taxi driver.
"A few of them were emptying the taxi driver's pockets."
The witness said his friend told him that he ran away when he heard police sirens, that he was followed by Murphy, and that the others had been arrested.
He said: "He the defendant said over and over again he wasn't going to see his friends for 15 years.
"They didn't seem like the type of people that were capable of something like that. The guys seemed like sound-minded people."
The teenager, who had known Murphy for 12 years, said he quizzed the defendant when he came round to his friend's house later that day.
He said Murphy went into the house and came back out wearing a change of clothes, carrying his previous outfit and boots in a plastic bag.
Murphy then admitted to his part in the violent attack to his friend as they watched the news coverage together.
He said: "I asked him if he had anything to do with that and he said yes, he was involved.
"I thought I couldn't be seen with someone who has done that."
The young man said Murphy then asked his friend if he could have a look for a B&B on his computer using the internet.
He said Murphy had with him the £80 he took from the taxi, and that he told him he was going to use it for his accommodation.
He said: "I heard him say he was going to the Wharfside Inn in Slaithwaite, under the name of `Smith'.
"He came and sat down for two hours, we were watching the Simpsons, then he said: `right, I'm off now to my B&B.' He said he'd be on the run for as long as he could."
The witness said Murphy then left with his ex-girlfriend and the other defendant.
He said: "I didn't want to speak to him after doing something like that. I can't believe that five of my friends could do something like that.
"It's the kind of thing people from rough backgrounds do - they're from nice families.
"They need to rot in prison; they need to get what they deserve."
Under cross-examination the witness told the court that as he and Murphy watched the news, Mr Parvaiz's death was described as `racially motivated'.
He said: "Murphy said that if the driver was pink, blue or green he would have still beaten him up."
The witness admitted telling lies in a police interview to keep himself and a friend out of trouble.
The trial continues.