Innallaha ma3a Sabireen
This is so horrible... I have no words.... people who think racism is not a problem or only a problem for people trying get a job are going to have to think again. It affects everyone. --- J.
Gang guilty of race killing
by PAUL SIMS -27th January 2007
Mohammad Parvaiz and his wife Naheed
A gang of racist white teenagers were yesterday found guilty of stoning and battering an Asian taxi driver to death.
Mohammad Parvaiz, a 42-year-old father of three, was ambushed in a late-night revenge attack after he was inadvertently caught up in a feud between neighbours.
Luring him to a dead end overlooking his home town, his assailants dragged him from his vehicle, surrounded him and then used stones, bricks and wooden fence posts to beat him to death.
Three members of the gang – Graeme Slavin, 18, Christopher Murphy, 18, and 17-year-old Steven Utley – were each convicted of murdering the father of three.
A fourth member, Michael Hand, 19, pleaded guilty to murder earlier in the trial.
Both he and Murphy have been told to expect life sentences for the barbaric killing in West Yorkshire.
Two others – Michael Beeby, 16, and Jason Harris, the 17-year-old son of a company director – were found not guilty of murder and not guilty of an alternative count of manslaughter.
Beeby was instead found guilty of violent disorder, a charge all the defendants had previously admitted. As the verdicts were read out there were gasps from the packed public gallery at Leeds Crown Court.
Mr Parvaiz’s widow, Naheed, 32, who attended court every day of the six-week trial, maintained her dignity and simply stared straight ahead.
Describing the case as "emotive and distressing", Judge Dame Heather Steel lifted restrictions on identifying the juvenile members of the gang and insisted it was in the public interest to do so because of the "dreadful" nature of the attack.
She also warned Utley and Slavin they would be "detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure". Showing no emotion, they were then led out of the dock one by one.
The court heard the gang had been involved in an ongoing dispute with Asian neighbours who had turned up at Murphy’s flat and damaged his moped.
They arrived there in Mr Parvaiz’s taxi and he took them away again – but he did not know them and was unaware of the dispute. However, the gang of white thugs noticed the taxi and hatched a plan to attack Mr Parvaiz.
Six weeks later, on the night of July 22, they hired a minibus driven by him to pick them up at Field Head in Huddersfield.
When Mr Parvaiz arrived at the pick-up point at 11.20pm they attacked him, hurling stones at the windows before dragging him out.
Witnesses in nearby homes heard racist comments such as "you f****** Paki bastard" amid screams of terror.
He suffered 23 injuries in all including a fractured skull and jaw, broken ribs and brain damage.
Leaving their victim for dead the gang fled "elated" to a nearby pub having stolen £80 in takings and Mr Parvaiz’s watch, the court was told.
Once there Murphy, who had previous convictions for theft and possession of cannabis, bragged about having stamped on his head.
Looking down at his bloodstained trainers he casually remarked: "I wonder if I’ve got Paki juice on the bottom of my shoes."
He added: "Look what I’ve got. He tried really hard to keep his watch but I managed to get it off."
Hand was also heard to boast: "I’ve bricked him in the face twice. It deserves the Paki bastards right. If he’s not dead then he is in a coma. I should know. I’ve been on a life support machine before. That guy was definitely in a coma."
Forensic investigators found Mr Parvaiz’s blood pooled in the road and spattered against the side of the vehicle. He had been unable to defend himself, such was the frenzied nature of the attack.
A footprint from Murphy’s trainers was found on Mr Parvaiz’s skull during the post-mortem examination. Mr Parvaiz had been due to celebrate his wedding anniversary the next day.
Yesterday, his widow, mother of their three children aged 13, nine and three, said: "They haven’t just killed him, they killed us as well. I feel so empty and lost. He was my life.
"My life revolved around him and the children. We are all so lost without him. There is no meaning to life any more.
"He was a wonderful father and son. He would go to visit his parents in Pakistan nearly every year He was a very responsible person and supported both his family here and in Pakistan as well as his friends."
Her brother Mohammed Ramzan, who was also in court, said: "There has never been such a barbaric act of hatred of this scale in our town.
"Mohammad Parvaiz was a family man who got on with people from all walks of life, regardless of their race or religion.
"He has left behind him a wife, who misses him a lot, and three young children – two boys and a girl – who miss their father.
"Even though it will never bring back the loss of a loved family member we hope the gang behind the attack get the maximum sentence."
Unlike Mr Parvaiz, the gang of six white racists had no aspirations and very few family ties. They lived for one another, the court heard, like a pack of savage wolves hunting their next prey.
Adrian Waterman QC, prosecuting, said earlier: "This was an attack motivated primarily by revenge and payback for what happened some weeks previous rather than by racism.
"However, it may be that their apparent racism towards the deceased made it easier in the defendants’ own minds for them to do what they did."
Murphy, of no fixed address; Beeby, of Longwood, West Yorkshire; Utley, of Golcar, West Yorkshire; Harris, of Longwood; Slavin, of Lindley, and Hand, of Longwood, will be sentenced at a later date.