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Man tells of Kriss abduction bid
Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald's body was found in the east of Glasgow
The jury at the Kriss Donald murder trial has heard that the 15-year-old was abducted for no other reason than that he was a young, white male.

Zahid Mohammed, 20, whose not guilty plea to a murder charge was accepted, has admitted abducting the teenager.

He told the High Court in Glasgow how Kriss pleaded with him, fellow accused Daanish Zahid, 20, and three others as they drove him around Glasgow.

Mr Zahid has pleaded not guilty to charges of abduction and murder.

He 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.

Mr 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.

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

The High Court in Glasgow
The trial is taking place at the High Court in Glasgow
Mohammed's not guilty plea to the murder charge was accepted. He admitted the reduced charge of racially aggravated assault and of abducting Kriss in March.

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

Giving evidence on Friday, Mohammed said that he was part of a group which had set out in a car to find a young, white male who fitted the description of someone who had carried out a bottle attack the previous evening.

Mohammed said one of the occupants of the car said they would "chop them up and take their eyes out and stab them".

They came across Kriss and another teenager in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Tagging device

Mohammed said he began to fight with the other youth, but Kriss was thrown into the car, placed in the rear seat well, and driven away.

Mohammed said that once in the car, Kriss asked: "What did I do? I'm only 15."

He told the court that Kriss began crying when one of the people in the car produced a bag which apparently contained a "shooter".

Mohammed said he decided to get out of the car as it headed towards Strathclyde Park, Motherwell.

He feared that an electronic tagging device he was wearing as a result of a previous conviction would be able to show he was not at his home.

He told the court that he also got out of the car in case Kriss got stabbed.

The trial, before Lord Philip, continues.


SEE ALSO:
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