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SCHOOLBOY Kriss Donald was doused with petrol and set on fire as he bled to death from stab wounds, a court heard.
The 15-year-old may also have been held down as his killer or killers repeatedly stabbed him in the chest and back, the murder trial was told.
Witnesses have said the 5ft 7in teenager had earlier been snatched from a street in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow.
His burned and bloodied body, almost naked and caked in mud, was found beside the Clyde near Celtic's training ground on March 16, 2004.
As the Crown evidence drew to a close yesterday, pathologist Dr Marjorie Black told of what she found when she first saw the body and the results of a later post mortem.
As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Times, Kriss' mum, Angela, listened from the public benches as the pathologist detailed 13 stab wounds found on the youngster's back, chest and arm, but left while photographs of her son's body were being shown.
The seven stab wounds to the boy's chest and abdomen and five to his back had chipped ribs and damaged internal organs as well as severing major arteries causing massive bleeding, the court heard.
Most of the boy's body was also badly burned and blistered. Part of one hand had come away and there was a smell of petrol, the court heard.
Advocate depute Mark Stewart QC, prosecuting, asked Dr Black for her opinion on the primary cause of death: "Stab wounds to the chest and abdomen," she told him. But she said the burns were also so severe that death from those injuries would "not be unexpected".
The pathologist drew attention to a lack of "defensive injuries".
Apart from a wound which had sliced right through his left forearm, she said, there were no signs that Kriss had tried to fend off or grab a blade.
Dr Black said that was rare in someone who was not intoxicated or unconscious and she had found no evidence of either.
"The most likely scenario is that he has been restrained by one or more people while he was being stabbed," she said.
The pathologist said there was no soot in Kriss' airways, a common finding in burn victims, but this could have been because he was outdoors at the time.
She said two of the 13 stab wounds had cut major arteries, adding: "These injuries would have resulted in haemorrhage from which he would have died."
Imran Shahid, his brother Zeeshan Shahid, both 29, and Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq, 27, all deny abducting Kriss from Pollokshields, Glasgow, and murdering him.
The trial continues.

Publication date 27/10/06