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Killer's random attack on inmate backfires; COURT.

A murderer serving life in Inverness punched an inmate in the hope of securing a move to a prison closer to his family.

Imran Shahid - who killed Glasgow 15-yearold Kriss Donald in 2004 - picked a random target and punched him on the head, the Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

The 42-year-old subsequently got his move but not the desired transfer to Glasgow as he was instead moved to Grampian.

Shahid was jailed in November 2006 for his part in the March 2004 kidnap and murder of the teen by a Pakistani gang.

Shahid and two others fled to Pakistan but were extradited after an appeal to the Pakistan authorities by Glasgow MP Mohammed Sarwar and brought to justice.

At Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday solicitor Ian Sievewright said his client would not be considered for parole until 2031 and his behaviour behind bars probably means he is unlikely to be released.

He asked the court to impose a concurrent sentence after Shahid admitted assaulting a man in Porterfield Prison on February 14.

The court heard he lunged at the inmate and punched him on the head because he was "the nearest person to him".

Mr Sievewright said: "He wanted to be moved from Inverness to Glasgow to be closer to his family after his earlier request had been refused.

"His efforts were successful, but not how he hoped, as he was transferred two days later to Grampian and is still no nearer his family."

Sheriff Margaret Neilson imposed a sixmonth sentence to be served alongside the life period.

"He wanted to be moved to be closer to his family"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Aug 23, 2019
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