A JURY heard how a teenager accused of murdering a Huddersfield taxi driver denied any involvement in the killing.
Christopher Murphy, 18, is one of five teenagers on trial at Leeds Crown Court for killing 42-year-old Birkby man Mohammad Parvaiz.
Murphy, Graeme Slavin, 18, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old all deny murder.
Another defendant, 19-year-old Michael Hand, has pleaded guilty to the charge.
Mr Parvaiz was beaten to death at Field Head in Golcar on July 22 this year, after going to collect a fare.
Yesterday, police interviews with Murphy and one of the 17-year-olds were read out to the court. The 17-year-old chose not to comment in eight interview sessions with police.
Murphy was interviewed after handing himself in at Huddersfield police station on July 25.
He said he and the 16-year-old defendant had been to Slavin's house on the night of July 22. He said they went with Slavin, Hand, the two 17-year-olds and other youths to buy alcohol from the Co-op, met a group of girls and went to the recreation ground near Field Head to drink and smoke cannabis.
Murphy said later he and the 16-year-old stopped on path with the girls, while Hand, Slavin and the two 17-year-olds went on to Field Head. He said he thought they were going to buy more alcohol.
Murphy said he heard smashing sounds and saw the girls start running back towards the recreation ground.
"The smashing sound was immense. It was horrendous to be honest."
He said he ran off in a different direction to the girls, with the 16-year-old and Murphy denied claims that he was with the group on Field Head.
He also denied having pressured one of the girls into phoning Lockwood Taxis to get Mr Parvaiz's minibus to come to Field Head.
He said he did not have a working mobile phone. He denied boasting to girls after the attack about having Mr Parvaiz's blood on his shoes and stealing the driver's watch.
He also denied talking about getting revenge on Mr Parvaiz, because the taxi driver had brought a rival gang of Asian youths to Golcar weeks earlier.
A confrontation was alleged to have taken place between the Asian youths and the defendants, in which Murphy's scooter was damaged.
Murphy denied wanting revenge and said he had not been present at the earlier confrontation.
He said he understood that witnesses were saying he was involved in the killing.
"They are saying, it sounds like, I went off with the lads that did it, that I'm in some way responsible for it and that it was done because of me in the first place."
When asked why his accounts differed from those of witnesses, he said: "I'm not lying."
He said all he knew about the death of Mr Parvaiz was what he had seen on the TV news and in the Examiner.
The trial continues.