A TEENAGER told a court how two youths accused of murder had told him they and four other defendants had 'battered' and stamped on taxi driver Mohammad Parvaiz.
Father-of-three Mr Parvaiz from Birkby was beaten to death on July 22 at Field Head, Golcar, after he arrived to pick up a fare.
The 16-year-old witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Leeds Crown Court that defendant Christopher Murphy, 18, and a 16-year-old co-defendant confessed at his house the following day.
The young witness said the 16-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said they had all battered Mr Parvaiz and that he had thrown a brick.
Prosecuting Adrian Waterman said: "What do you mean by 'all of them'?"
The witness replied: "As a group, just the lot of them. He told me he had thrown a brick and they had all battered him.
"I can't remember (everything) but they were saying they had all hit him and stamped on him."
But under cross examination from defending counsel Henry Grunwald, the witness admitted: "He said he'd thrown a brick. That was about it."
The teenage witness also admitted lying and failing to mention what the defendants had said in his first police interview.
Murphy, Graeme Slavin, 18, and two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murder. Michael Hand, 19, was absent for court having pleaded guilty on Monday.
The trial continues.