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Kriss death 'a group enterprise'
Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald's body was found in the east end of Glasgow
A man who denies murdering a Glasgow teenager was just as responsible as whoever stabbed the schoolboy, a court has heard.

Daanish Zahid, 20, has admitted being in a car when 15-year-old Kriss Donald was stabbed then set on fire in the east end of Glasgow in March.

Summing up in the case, advocate-depute Mark Stewart said Mr Zahid involved in a "common criminal enterprise".

Mr Zahid has incriminated two other people for Kriss's death.

Mr Stewart told the jury: "The circumstances of this case are truly appalling.

You personally don't have to wield the knife in a group activity to be guilty of murder
Advocate-depute Mark Stewart
"It is, on any view, an unprovoked random attack on a defenceless, young, slightly built schoolboy.

"It is racially motivated and it was carried out by a large gang of older, bigger, stronger individuals.

"Against that group Kriss Donald stood no realistic chance of self-defence."

Mr Stewart told the court the teenager must have experienced "extreme terror" throughout his ordeal.

In his evidence on Tuesday, Mr Zahid told the court he remained in the front seat of the silver Mercedes, which was used to abduct Kriss, while the teenager was stabbed 13 times, doused in petrol and then set alight.

Forensic evidence

Mr Stewart said that was not a reason to acquit him.

He told the jury: "You personally don't have to wield the knife in a group activity to be guilty of murder."

Ian Duguid QC, representing Mr Zahid, described the crime as "horrific" but urged the jury to approach it in a dispassionate way.

Mr Duguid said: "The evidence is he (Mr Zahid) is not the actual killer.

"He never carried a knife at any time during that day."

The QC said there was no DNA evidence, blood, fingerprints or footprints to suggest Mr Zahid left the car at the murder scene.

The trial continues.


SEE ALSO:
Trial hears of teenager's screams
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Kriss 'held down' while stabbed
11 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Kriss 'was alive when set alight'
09 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Man tells of Kriss abduction bid
05 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Crown accepts Kriss murder plea
03 Nov 04 |  Scotland


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