An Uber driver has been beaten to death by two drunk revellers after he dropped them off at a dessert bar instead of a similarly named nightclub.
Opening the case for the prosecution at Manchester Crown Court on Monday, Guy Gozem QC said the driver, Asghar ‘had the misfortune’ of collecting the two defendants from Oldham town centre on Saturday, October 29, 2021.
The two young men were ‘extremely drunk’ when they got into the back of Mr Asghar’s Mercedes at 4.30am, the jurors were told.
But the car stopped opposite a Shell garage on Queensway near Coco’s following an argument on board, according to the prosecutor.
The pair had wanted to be taken to Koko’s which was in the centre of Rochdale town centre, the court was told.
The jurors were told the argument woke one resident who was said to have heard one of the defendants shouting ‘come on then’ before she heard someone say ‘get the police, phone the police then’.
The resident reported hearing a banging noise and forensic analysis later matched a dent in Asghar’s car door which left a mark which matched McPartland’s trainers.
The prosecutor told the court: “Tragically, though, what was done to the car pales into insignificance, because once all three of them were out of the car, the argument all too soon became a ferocious, brutal and totally unforgiving attack by the two drunken young men on the taxi driver.”
The ‘peacemaker’ taxi driver who had arrived on the scene tried to intervene again but the two ‘were not for stopping’, the jurors were told.
When McPartland then turned his attention to Asghar’s car his alleged victim managed to get to his feet and tried to stop his taxi from being taken, the court was told.
But the attack continued and Asghar fell again, his head striking the alloy wheel of his taxi, said Gozem.
MailOne reports that the Uber driver was heard screaming and one of the defendants was heard saying ‘come on, run, run, run’ before they were seen jogging away down Queensway.
Asghar was taken to hospital but died two weeks later. His family wept in the public gallery as upsetting details of his injuries were read out to the court.
When police arrested Treacy, he was said to have told the officer: “Mate you can check the cameras he hit me first, I don’t give a f**k.
“He hit me first, you can check the cameras, he will have cameras in his car, check that, he hit me first, I don’t give a fuck.”
Gozem told the jurors: “You will get the chance to check the cameras and you won’t see what he suggested.”
The trial continues.