A TEENAGER accused of a violent killing had "flashbacks" of the night of the attack, a court heard yesterday.
Graeme Slavin told jurors he had visions while in his prison cell of a co-defendant taking part in the attack on murdered Lockwood Taxis driver Mohammad Parvaiz.
The 18-year-old was giving evidence at Leeds Crown Court.
He, Christopher Murphy, 18, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old are accused of killing Mr Parvaiz, of Birkby.
A sixth youth, Michael Hand, 19, admitted killing the father-of-three, changing his plea to guilty of murder earlier in the trial.
Mr Parvaiz died from a catalogue of horrific injuries after being called to a false fare at Field Head, Golcar, on July 22.
When cross-examined by the defence, Slavin admitted withholding evidence about the number of people taking part in the attack on Mr Parvaiz.
He said a witness's account earlier in the trial of his being part of the trio pulling the victim out of his minibus was false. He said she may have mistaken him for Murphy.
He told jurors how he stood back and watched his friend's attack on Mr Parvaiz.
He said: "I wanted to observe if anyone was watching and what the girls were doing."
The defendant told the court he did not run off at that point as he saw Mr Parvaiz falling to the floor.
He said Mr Parvaiz fell straight down, holding his hands up "like he was trying to guard himself".
The defendant said he did not see anyone pull Mr Parvaiz from the taxi and it was when he was on the ground that he saw him being kicked and punched.
He was asked whether he saw a stick being used as a weapon.
He said: "I couldn't remember anyone with a stick, but ever since I went to prison I kept having flashbacks.
"I had a flashback of Christopher Murphy throwing a stick through the passenger door."
Grant Cox, one of the defence barristers in the trial, said: "You're making this up as you go along?"
Slavin replied: "No, I'm not."
The teenager was quizzed about the patterns of blood spattering found at the crime scene.
He was told by Mr Cox that his claim that Mr Parvaiz went straight to the floor was 'wholly inconsistent' with the evidence.
He said forensic evidence showed that the ground spatter was caused before he hit the ground and that anyone present when it occurred would have blood on their clothes.
The defendant said he placed his right foot under the victim's right shoulder and lifted him up.
He said he lifted him 30cms off the ground, then amended his estimation to 15 to 20cms, admitting he was not sure.
He said it was not difficult to lift the victim so high.
Mr Cox said: "You have to say you lifted him some distance to have any hope of explaining the amount of blood splatter. It's nonsense, isn't it?" Slavin replied: "No, it isn't."
Adrian Waterman, prosecuting, reminded the jury that Slavin had been asked earlier in the trial if he had ever used his foot to pick someone up.
He said the only 'person' he could think of was his dog, but said when he played football and other players were injured he would use his hands to lift them instead.
He was asked: "What's the difference between the footballer and the situation you found yourself in on Field Head on July 22?"
The defendant had replied: "It's a different situation, because it's a footballer injured on the floor and this is a taxi driver."
Mr Waterman asked Slavin: "Do you think of Mr Parvaiz more like one of (those) footballers or more like a dog?"
The defendant said he thought of him like a footballer.
Slavin admitted he was not a reluctant participant on the night of the attack.
He did not accept punching Mr Parvaiz hard but admitted the man died as a result of the actions of his group.
He admitted being too weak to say no to participating in the ambush and that Hand and Murphy were the ones who were keen on the idea.
The jury heard how he selected the stone he threw at the cab, after deciding the first one he came across was not large enough and would bounce off the window.
Mr Waterman said he believed Slavin had taken part in the ongoing attack on the driver.
He said: "I suggest that you have made up a lying account to try to explain the evidence.
Slavin said: "My account has been the same since August."
The jury heard Slavin testify he was regularly abandoned by his mother when he was 13 or 14.
They were told he had been sacked from his job as a bricklayer, and his mother threw him out of the family home for not working and for smoking cannabis.
Mr Waterman said he had wanted his background to be known so that he could create the impression of being: "the victim of other people's unfairness".
The trial continues.