A TEENAGER accused of a brutal killing was urinating in an alleyway at the time of the attack, a court heard.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies murdering Birkby taxi driver Mohammad Parvaiz last July 22.
The father-of-three was battered to death at Field Head in Golcar.
And the defendant told Leeds Crown Court yesterday that he lied to police as he feared "being chopped up and thrown on the moors" by associates of co-accused Christopher Murphy, 18.
Graeme Slavin, 18 and two 17-year-olds are also on trial for the murder, which all five deny.
A sixth defendant, Michael Hand, 19, was not in court after changing his plea to guilty earlier in the trial.
The teenager told the court that on the day of the murder he went to Slavin's flat to buy cannabis from Murphy.
After buying £10 worth of the drug he rolled a spliff and shared it with the other five accused.
He said he was only in the flat for 10 or 15 minutes and "no conversation was made about a taxi driver" in that time.
The six youths then went to Golcar recreation ground with a group of girls after buying some alcohol.
The 16-year-old, who admitted to drinking two or three cans of beer, said: "Nothing was said about a taxi driver. It was general conversation, we were chatting about girls."
But the youth said he had frequently left the group to fetch a dog he had brought.
After a few hours the group moved towards Field Head - where the fatal attack took place. The youth said he was unaware of their destination.
He said: "I thought we were just moving on. Nothing was even said to me about going down to smash a taxi.
"It wasn't actually told where we were going. I just followed on."
He said that on the way to Field Head he didn't see anyone pick up a brick.
When they got there the six accused and a couple who can't be named stood there for several minutes.
"We were just chatting," said the 16-year-old. He added that he did not know a taxi had been called.
The couple left Field Head after a few minutes and then the 16-year-old himself left the street to go into an alleyway leading to Moorcroft Avenue.
He explained: "At the time I was feeling uncomfortable because I needed a number two and a wee. So I set off down the path to take a leak against the side of a house.
"When I was there finishing off, zipping myself up, I heard a whooshing noise.
"It sounded like a bomb exploding, an almighty bang and smash.
"I took off running down the side of the houses to Moorcroft Avenue and then I went straight home."
He denied taking part in - or seeing - the attack on Mr Parvaiz.
The youth said he woke up the following day at about 9am. He said: "The previous night's events didn't even cross my mind."
He returned to Slavin's flat to pick up his mobile, not realising that all his co-defendants except Murphy had been arrested.
The teenager said a policeman refused him entry to the flat.
He said: "I asked him what he was doing there, but he wouldn't tell me. He told me that if I wanted to know more it was all over the news."
So the youth returned home with a friend and watched a Calendar news bulletin on YTV which said that an Asian man had been killed on Field Head the night before.
He said: "I was just shocked and taken aback. I felt gutted, like my stomach had a hole.
"It didn't feel right that my friends could be involved in something like this."
The teenager told his friend what he knew about the night before.
He said: "I said that I had heard smashing and bricked it had ran off."
When asked to clarify the comment the 16-year-old replied: "Bricked it is an old Yorkshire word for scared."
Later that day the youth met Murphy at a mutual friend's house where they discussed the four who had been arrested.
The 16-year-old said: "Murphy told me they had stamped on the driver's head. He told me they would stitch us up and we would go to prison for 25 years."
The teenager said that Murphy told him he too had run off without attacking the driver - but in the opposite direction.
But the 16-year-old said Murphy asked him to lie if he was questioned by police.
He added: "Murphy told me that all I had to say was that when I ran off I saw him running behind me."
The pair met up again in the following days to practise the story before the teenager was arrested at a Huddersfield bus stop on Wednesday, July 26.
At Dewsbury police station the 16-year-old then told police the prearranged story.
But he told the court: "It was a pack of lies."
When asked why he hadn't told detectives the truth, the 16-year-old said Murphy was a drug dealer who had dangerous friends.
As Murphy looked on impassively from the dock just yards away, the youth said: "I'm scared of the people Murphy knows.
"The rumours are that if you ever have anything against them they will chop you up and throw you on the moors."
The case continues.