Two ‘drunk thugs’ who kicked an Uber driver to death after he asked them to stop eating in his taxi have been jailed.
Connor McPartland, 20, and Martin Treacy, 18, repeatedly punched Ali Asghar, 39, in a ‘ferocious, brutal and utterly ruthless attack’ on October 30 last year.
The couple grew angry after Asghar took them to the wrong address they put in the Uber app, Manchester Crown Court heard.
A jury heard the couple ordered a taxi so they could meet friends at the Ko-Ko Lounge nightclub in Rochdale.
But McPartland entered the address of Coco’s Grillhouse and Desserts into the app by mistake.
Asghar asked the couple to stop eating their cheeseburgers and fries in his vehicle, then when he explained they had put the wrong address in the app, they attacked him.
Prosecutor Galais Gozem said the taxi arrived at the address and paused before stopping near a Shell petrol station shortly after 4am.
Mr Asghar opened the rear passenger door to let the McPartland and the Treacy out when a ‘fierce argument’ broke out.
The couple embarked on the attack which culminated in the taxi driver being knocked down, breaking his head and fracturing his skull.
He was then kicked in the head as he lay helpless on the ground, the court heard.
Another taxi driver, Mohammad Khalid, saw Asghar being confronted and tried to reason with the two men. But he quickly retreated to his taxi fearing he would also be attacked and called the police.
Asghar died two weeks later in hospital from head injuries sustained in the assault.
McPartland and Treacy, both of Oldham, denied murder but were found guilty after a nine-day trial.
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On Monday, they were jailed for 14 years, six months and 13 years, six months respectively.
Sentencing the couple, Judge Alan Conrad QC praised Khalid’s bravery and called the killers “a couple of drunken, licensed thugs”.
He said: “It was a savage and sustained attack. You both lied about your involvement and sought to minimize what you did.
In a statement released by police, Asghar’s family said he was a loving and devoted son, brother and friend who will “be forever missed”.
Speaking after the sentencing, lead investigator Phil Reade welcomed the sentencing saying: ‘The senseless actions of Treacy and McPartland that morning were utterly despicable and led to a family losing a very dear son and brother. loved.
“These two men are clearly violent individuals and I am relieved that they are now off our streets and given time to reflect on their actions and the pain and grief they have caused. Today the judge highly commended the taxi driver for his actions in trying to save Ali’s life and I would also like to thank him for his bravery.”