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Crown accepts Kriss murder plea
Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald, whose body was found in the east of Glasgow
A man accused of a race murder in Glasgow has had his not guilty plea to the main charge accepted by the Crown.

Zahid Mohammed's not guilty plea to murdering Kriss Donald was accepted at the High Court in Glasgow.

He admitted the reduced charge of racially aggravated assault and of abducting Kriss, 15, in March.

Another accused, Daanish Zahid, also 20, denies all the charges and blames three others for the murder. The trial is continuing.

Kriss's body was found on wasteland near the River Clyde, close to Celtic football stadium at Parkhead, on 15 March.

Details of Mohammed's guilty pleas emerged after reporting restrictions were lifted.

He also admitted a racially aggravated assault on a friend of Kriss during the attack and another charge of persuading a friend to provide him with an alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the alleged murder.

Legal bar

The Crown dropped the charge against Mohammed of murdering the teenager, helping to steal the car used in the abduction and setting fire to the vehicle afterwards to defeat the aims of justice.

Daanish Zahid blames three others, whose names cannot be published for legal reasons, for murdering Kriss.

Daanish Zahid denies acting with others to seize Kriss by the clothing, repeatedly punch and kick him on the head and body, remove his jacket and abduct him, force him into a vehicle and imprison him against his will.

Knife allegation

The charges go on to accuse him of forcing Kriss, of McCulloch Street, Pollokshields, to accompany him and others in the car to Strathclyde Park, Motherwell; Dundee and to Glasgow.

Daanish Zahid is alleged to have helped to remove Kriss from the car at Clyde Walkway in Glasgow, repeatedly punched and kicked him on the head and body, repeatedly struck him on the body with a knife, set him on fire and murdered him in a racially aggravated attack.

The trial, before Lord Philip, resumes on Thursday.




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