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Kriss 'held down' while stabbed
Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald's body was found in the east end of Glasgow
A teenager may have been held down over a log while he was knifed 13 times before being doused in petrol and set on fire, a court has heard.

A forensic pathologist said that Kriss Donald suffered seven stab wounds on his front, five on his back and one on his left arm during the attack.

Dr Marjorie Black, 47, told the High Court in Glasgow that the teenager was likely to have been restrained.

Daanish Zahid, 20, denies assaulting, abducting and murdering Kriss in March.

He has lodged a special defence blaming three others for Kriss's abduction and death.

On Thursday, Dr Black said it would have taken at least one person to hold down the eight-and-a-half stone teenager during the assault on 15 March.

'Two scenarios'

Dr Black said that when his body was found near the River Clyde in Glasgow the day after the alleged murder, he was caked in mud and blood, covered in burns and wearing the charred remains of his socks and boxer shorts.

A row of newly-felled trees beside the Clyde Walkway and a dirt track running down to the river were heavily bloodstained.

Dr Black, who is based at the University of Glasgow, told the court: "It's likely he [Kriss] has been restrained while he was being assaulted. It could be that a person or persons have done it.

"There are two most likely scenarios, one being that he was upright and being held by a person or persons and being stabbed into his body at arm height for an assault.

"Or he may have been restrained across one of the logs, held down on top of the log, so that would present that bit of his body to be stabbed.

"As an assault, it could be one person, it could be more than one person. If he has been restrained, as I think is likely, then there's been at least one other person involved."

The trial, before Lord Philip, continues.

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