Oldham couple jailed after beating cab driver to death over burger

Taxi driver killed

Ali Ashgar was kicked to death by Connor McPartland (below right) and Martin Treacy (above right) (Image: PA)

Two “drunk and legitimate” bullies have been jailed after beating to death a cab driver who asked them not to eat a burger in his vehicle.

Ali Ashgar, 39, suffered catastrophic head injuries after being punched in the head by Connor McPartland, 20, and Martin Treacy, 18.

The couple then continued to kick him while he was lying helpless on the ground.

Mr Ashgar was taken to hospital before dying two weeks later.

The murder took place in the early hours of October 30 and last week both accused were convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

The court heard McPartland and Treacy order an Uber to take them from Oldham town center to Rochdale.

Treacy started eating a burger mid-ride and berated Mr. Ashgar when he asked him to stop eating.

The pair then launched an attack on Mr Ashgar as he pulled up outside a petrol station in Queensway, Rochdale.

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Ali Ashgar was described in court as a decent, hard-working man (Image: PA)

At a sentencing hearing today, the victim’s younger brother, Azhar Ali, said he first walked past his sibling as he lay on a stretcher in the hospital corridor.

He said: “Ali’s face was unrecognizable due to the bloody facial injuries he sustained. It wasn’t until I walked past his shoes that I realized they were my brother’s.’

He told the court his brother is from Pakistan and left the country in 2009.

Mr Asghar holds a degree in economics and worked in distributing leaflets before working at McDonald’s and then qualifying for security work.

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Martin Treacy was jailed for at least 13 years and six months (Image: PA)

He worked “extreme hours” to support his family financially at home, including getting his taxi license.

His brother said: “My mum agonizes every day for agreeing to let Ali go to the UK and for working so hard to give his parents and family a better life.

‘Ali never reached an age where he could reap the rewards of his hard work by dedicating his life to his family.

‘Ali was a selfless person who lived for others and never hesitated to offer his help and support where he could.

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Connor McPartland has been jailed for at least 14 years and six months (Image: PA)

“During the worst of times, he was able to cheer everyone up and put a smile on their face with his kind demeanor and sense of humor.”

In sentencing, Judge Alan Conrad QC said of the defendants: “Ali Asghar was unfortunate enough to meet you two, a pair of drunk, legitimate bullies.

“A decent, hard-working man, he was a credit to those close to him and to society in general.

“The attack on him followed an argument that was in no way his fault. They both attacked him and both share responsibility for the violence and the consequences.

“It was a brutal and sustained attack. They left him on the ground with horrible injuries and they both ran away and started planning your cover-up.’

McPartland, of Oldham, was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years and six months.

Treacy, also of Oldham, who admitted manslaughter but denied murder, was sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and six months.

The couple plan to use their time in detention to “learn and improve.”

Following the sentencing, Chief Investigating Officer Phil Reade of Greater Manchester Police said: “The senseless actions of Treacy and McPartland that morning were absolutely despicable and resulted in a family losing a beloved son and brother.

“These two men are clearly violent individuals and I am relieved that they are now off our streets and have time to reflect on their actions and the pain and grief they caused.”

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