A HUDDERSFIELD teenager grinned as he was led away to start his life sentence for the brutal murder of an Asian taxi driver.
Michael Hand, 19, showed no remorse for his part in the horrific pack-like killing of father-of-three Mohammad Parvaiz.
Hand and Christopher Murphy, also 19, were jailed for life for the racially-aggravated murder of the Lockwood Taxis driver.
Murphy must serve a minimum of 25 years in jail and Michael Hand at least 21 years for the murder of Mr Parvaiz, 41, of Birkby, who was ambushed and beaten to death as he responded to a fare in Golcar in July last year. The pair were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
Graeme Slavin, 18, and Steven Utley, 17, who were also convicted of murder, were told they must serve a minimum of 17 years in jail.
Trial judge Dame Heather Steel said it was a joint attack in which they all took part, but Hand and Murphy were the ringleaders - whereas Utley and Slavin played a lesser part.
She said: "Mr Parvaiz sustained a serious head wound from which he was bleeding profusely when he was attacked from the driver's side and dragged out to be kicked and beaten to death.
"Violence on this scale is savage beyond belief.
"It is not difficult to imagine the terror that Mr Parvaiz must have experienced as he lay dying on the road.
"It is likely that the last words he heard were 'You f****** Paki b******".
The judge said there were a number of aggravating features including racial abuse, the theft of the victim's watch and cash, the fact Mr Parvaiz was a public servant and the planning involved in the murder.
She said: "There was no evidence as to who said what, but as the attack took place all those who continued made themselves a party to that racially aggravated offence.
"I am satisfied that there was here a significant degree of planning and premeditation.
"This was not in my view a spontaneous eruption of violence. "What happened at Field Head was in accordance with a plan.
"Sticks and stones and fists and feet were used by you as a group to inflict the injuries ."
She added that most of the group were wearing hats or hooded tops on the night of the attack which made them difficult to identify.
She said the alcohol and cannabis the teenagers consumed that night would have played a part in their actions.
Dame Steel said she had to take into account the public outrage following the murder.
She said: "The facts and circumstances of this case caused huge public dismay and huge public reaction from all parts of the community.
"It's quite clear that the people of Huddersfield were quite appalled by the extent of violence.
"Two thousand taxi driver came out in protest that such a thing could happen in Huddersfield."
She said the witnesses to the attack on that night were appalled and upset by what they heard and saw.
She added: "The most disturbing aspect of this case is that each of these defendants come from good homes."
There was an air of uneasy silence in the packed courtroom moments before the sentences on the teenagers were passed.
Addressing the youths, she said: "You come before this court being either of good character or effectively good character.
"It's clear that each of you comes from good and caring homes, this is something which makes your conduct so shameful and shocking.
"It's not just the lives of Mr Parvaiz's family, but your lives, and those of your families have been completely devastated by this case.
"It is very much to their credit that your families will continue to support you, its something for which you should be eternally grateful."
Dame Steel said the court had heard "lies", half truths" and "some of the truth" from Murphy, Slavin and Utley when they took the stand during the trial.
She added: "Some parts of the evidence will never be explained."
As the defendants left the dock in turn, Murphy showed no emotion. Slavin looked upset, while Utley stormed out of the room.
During the sentencing, Dame Steel praised the strength and courage displayed by Mr Parvaiz's widow Naheed Kausar, who was present for most of the trial.
She said: "The statement from Mr Parvaiz's wife reflects the quiet dignity which the family and friends of Mr Parvaiz displayed through this trial.
She also praised the work of the Crown Prosecution Service in getting the case speedily to court .