Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Racist Killers Jailed for Life; 'Barbaric' Murder of Defenceless Boy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Racist Killers Jailed for Life; 'Barbaric' Murder of Defenceless Boy

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Byline: By Hilary Duncanson

THREE Asian gang members were jailed for life yesterday for the "savage and barbaric" race-hate murder of a defenceless white teenage boy.

Imran Shahid, 29, his brother Zeeshan Shahid, 28, and 27-year-old Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq were convicted of the abduction and killing of Kriss Donald in Glasg ow.

Kriss, 15, was stabbed 13 times and set on fire while he was still alive on a quiet walkway behind football giant Celtic's training ground in the east end of the city.

Judge Lord Uist, who said Kriss was targeted at random because he was white, described the murder as "an abomination" which had "rightly shocked and appalled the public".

As the verdict was delivered, Kriss' mother Angela Donald shouted "You bastards", before being embraced by family and friends.

Outside court she thanked those who had helped bring about the convictions for the "hellish murder".

"Justice has been done," she said, while clutching her daughter Samantha.

After five weeks of evidence, prosecutor Mark Stewart QC described the killing as "an appalling crime of inhumanity against a defenceless boy".

Kriss was snatched on March 15, 2004, near his Pollokshields home in a random act of racially motivated revenge by the gang.

He was taken on a terrifying 200-mile journey across Scotland before being driven to the secluded spot on the banks of the River Clyde where he was savagely attacked and left for dead.

All three denied taking part in the killing, but the jury of six men and nine women found Imran Shahid guilty by unanimous verdict and the other two guilty by majority verdicts.

Lord Uist said Kriss was selected as their victim only because he was white and walking in a certain part of the Pollokshields area.

He told the killers: "This murder consisted of the premeditated, cold-blooded execution of your victim by stabbing him 13 times and setting alight with petrol while he was still alive. …

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