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Racist killer is jailed for life
Daanish Zahid
Daanish Zahid must serve a minimum of 17 years
A man has been jailed for life for the racist murder of the Glasgow teenager Kriss Donald.

Judge Lord Philip said Daanish Zahid, 20, must serve 17 years in jail before being eligible to apply for parole.

The judge said the public had been "shocked and horrified" by the murder of the 15-year-old who was abducted, beaten, stabbed and then set alight.

Zahid Mohammed, 20, who admitted abducting Kriss, was jailed for five years.

On 18 November, a jury found Zahid guilty by a unanimous verdict 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.

The public has rightly been shocked and horrified by the callous, brutal and prolonged nature of these crimes and the ordeal which the victim had to go through
Lord Philip
He was also convicted of attacking Kriss's friend as the pair walked along Kenmure Street in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow in March.

Zahid, of Shields Road, Glasgow, had denied murder, claiming Kriss was stabbed and beaten by others, but jurors decided that he had "acted in concert" and was equally guilty.

At the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, Lord Philip told Zahid: "The public has rightly been shocked and horrified by the callous, brutal and prolonged nature of these crimes and the ordeal which the victim had to go through."

He noted that a background report revealed he had "shown little indication of remorse for you participation in the crime or concern for your victim".

But the judge took into account that Zahid's role was one "of aiding and abetting and supporting those who were the main participants in the attack, abduction and murder of Kriss Donald".

The murder happened after an attack outside a club on an evening in March, the trial heard.

Genuine remorse

Daanish Zahid and Zahid Mohammed were part of a gang who had set out in a car for revenge the next day and the court heard that they targeted the pair because they were white and lived in the area.

They came across Kriss and another teenager in Kenmure Street and abducted the 15-year-old.

Kriss was stabbed 13 times in the stomach and back before being burned alive.

His near-naked body was found the morning after the abduction behind the Celtic Supporters' Club in London Road, Glasgow.

Zahid Mohammed
Zahid Mohammed was jailed for five years
Before sentencing, Zahid's solicitor told Lord Philip that his client expressed genuine remorse for his actions.

He added that Zahid had been left to shoulder the collective responsibility of the group.

The court heard that Zahid's family had sold their business and moved away.

Mohammed, also of Shields Road, was cleared of murder but admitted abduction. He will be kept under supervision for a further five years after serving his sentence.

Three other individuals, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are being pursued by police in connection with Kriss's murder.

Commenting on the sentence, Kay Hampton of the Commission for Racial Equality in Scotland, said: "This sentencing sends a clear sign that racism, wherever it comes from, is always deplorable.

"We recognise that all of those implicated in the murder have not yet been brought before the courts and our thoughts and sympathy remain with Kriss' family at this time."


SEE ALSO:
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Defenceless teen's extreme terror
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Praise for boy's grieving family
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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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