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Man guilty of Kriss race murder
Daanish Zahid
Daanish Zahid was convicted after denying the charges
An Asian man has been convicted of the racially motivated murder of Glasgow schoolboy Kriss Donald.

Daanish Zahid, 20, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting, abducting and murdering Kriss in March.

The teenager's burned and stabbed body was found on a walkway near the River Clyde in the east end of Glasgow.

Zahid admitted being in a car at the scene where the 15-year-old was killed but said he did not leave the car and blamed two others for Kriss's death.

The murder - in which Kriss was knifed 13 times - occurred after another Asian man was hit on the head by a bottle outside a club the previous night, the trial heard.

The jury took two-and-a-quarter hours to find him guilty by unanimous verdict of the charges of racially-aggravated murder, abduction and of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by destroying evidence by setting fire to the car used to snatch Kriss.

He was also convicted of attacking Kriss's friend Jamie Wallace, 20, as the pair walked along Kenmure Street in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.

Kriss Donald
Kriss Donald's body was found in the east end of Glasgow
Daanish Zahid had denied murder, claiming Kriss was stabbed and beaten by others, but jurors decided that he had "acted in concert" and was therefore equally guilty.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence was deferred for three weeks to allow reports on Daanish Zahid to be compiled.

On the first day of the trial, another accused, Zahid Mohammed, 20, whose not guilty plea to the murder charge was accepted, admitted abducting the teenager.

'Chop them up'

Giving evidence, Zahid Mohammed told the court 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 the 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".

Zahid Mohammed
Zahid Mohammed recounted the details of the abduction
They came across Kriss and another teenager in Kenmure Street.

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.

As he was bundled into the car, Kriss begged: "Why me? I'm only 15."

The car was then driven on a 200-mile journey to Strathclyde Park, near Motherwell and to Dundee, before returning to Glasgow where Kriss was killed in what the prosecution described as a "callous execution".

Forensic evidence was given which said that the teenager may have been alive when he had petrol poured on him and was set on fire. His naked and burned body was found the following morning by a man who thought it was an animal carcass.

Warrants have been issued for three other people, two of whom were incriminated in court by Daanish Zahid.

Statement from mother

Outside the court, Detective Superintendent Eliot Mackenzie read a statement on behalf of Kriss's mother Angela.

The statement said: "I'd like to thank all those concerned with the inquiry into Chris's abduction and murder.

"I'd also like to thank all the people who helped the police with their inquiries and particularly those who were called to give evidence.

Card
A tribute to the teenager after he was abducted and killed
"I do not want to say much more because, as we all know, there are others who still have to face trial for killing Kriss.

"Kriss meant everything to me, his sisters and his brother.

"We get little comfort from this result and will not be able to move on until all those responsible have been brought to justice."

A visit by British National Party leader Nick Griffin following the murder outraged anti-racism campaigners and politicians.

But the community was determined not to be seen as divided - especially at Kriss's funeral when mourners, white and Asian, stood side-by-side to pay their last respects to the teenager.




SEE ALSO:
Defenceless teen's extreme terror
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Praise for boy's grieving family
18 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Kriss death 'a group enterprise'
17 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Teenager Kriss laid to rest
30 Apr 04 |  Scotland
Murdered boy's mother appeals
18 Mar 04 |  Scotland
Body of abducted boy found
16 Mar 04 |  Scotland


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