A YOUTH accused of the brutal murder of Huddersfield taxi driver Mohammad Parvaiz has admitted his guilt.
Michael Hand, 19, changed his not guilty plea during the trial at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.
He had been on trial with Christopher Murphy, Graeme Slavin and three others, who cannot be named, for the murder of Birkby father-of-three Mr Parvaiz in Golcar on July 22.
All six had denied murder when the trial began on November 20.
But in a dramatic twist, Hand told his lawyer Abdul Iqbal during the lunch break yesterday that he wished to plead guilty.
When court reconvened for the afternoon at 2:30pm Mr Iqbal informed the judge Dame Heather Steel of the move.
The court clerk then asked Hand to stand and enter a new plea for the murder of Mr Parvaiz.
Speaking in a calm voice he replied "Guilty".
Judge Steel told Hand he would be remanded in custody and sentenced when the case against the other five defendants was completed.
Hand, wearing a dark suit, was led from the dock and taken away to the cells.
The trial of the other five defendants then continued.
Earlier that day, before Hand's dramatic move, the court had heard evidence from two 16-year-old girls who had been drinking with the six accused in a nearby park before the murder.
One of the girls, who can't be named for legal reasons, said Hand seemed "hyper" after the attack.
She said: "Hand said he had whacked him with a brick and that if he wasn't in a coma he would be dead.
"They didn't seem upset, they were hyper, on an adrenaline rush, but Hand and Murphy seemed it the most."