Kriss murder witness stabbed
By Graham McKendry
A WITNESS who gave vital evidence in the Kriss Donald murder trial has been stabbed as he sat in a car at traffic lights.
Barry O’Neill was rushed to Glasgow Royal Infirmary following the attack in Springburn, in the north of the city.
The BMW 3 Series he was travelling in came to a halt at a red light when a blue Ford Focus pulled up behind him on Friday.
An Asian man then got out of the car and opened his door before knifing him. Medics treated the 21-year-old at the scene before he was rushed to accident and emergency. His condition is now described as stable.
Last night a gangland insider said: “There is no doubt this is connected to the murder of Kriss. Racial tensions have reached boiling point recently and it will probably only get worse.”
Detective Constable Alan Paterson, of Strathclyde Police, is probing the violent attack.
He said: “The area would have been busy, and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.”
The 2004 murder of Kriss, 15, shocked the whole of Scotland. He was abducted near his home in Pollokshields, on Glasgow’s south side, stabbed 13 times, set on fire and left to die â€” all because someone had thrown a bottle at Imran ‘Baldy’ Shahid.
Baldy’s gang wanted revenge on a white youth â€”Â ANYÂ white youth â€” and tragic Kriss fell into their clutches.
During the trial in October 2006, O’Neill told the High Court in Edinburgh how he was forced to flee Baldy the day before Kriss’s body was found.
The jury heard how a scuffle broke out as he and a friend left Victoria’s nightclub in Sauchiehall Street.
Shahid, 29, brother Zeeshan, 28, and henchman Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq, 27, were all caged for life.