RACE hate killer Imran “Baldy” Shahid only survived a vicious beating by a prison mob because he is so bulked up, a court heard yesterday.
Shahid, 36, is serving life for the chilling abduction and brutal murder of 15-year-old Kriss Donald.
Evil Shahid was working out on a rowing machine when his attackers struck at Kilmarnock prison in February.
Murderer William Crawford, 25, was the only inmate prosecuted, the town’s sheriff court heard.
Prosecutor Bernard Ablett said Shahid trained in the gym with fellow prisoner Bernard Bisset.
The gym was busy on the night of the attack and was supervised by two instructors.
Mr Ablett said: “At around 8.15pm, Imran Shahid was using a rowing machine when the accused Crawford lifted a 15kg weight from nearby.
“He lifted the weight above his head and then struck the top of Shahid’s head from behind, knocking him onto the floor.
“Crawford then threw the weight onto Shahid’s chest before stamping on him as he lay motionless.
“Other prisoners armed with metal poles repeatedly struck Shahid.”
Blood pooled on the gym floor, the court heard.
When Bisset tried to intervene, he was chased to the other side of the gym, where he too was attacked.
Mr Ablett added: “It was clear Shahid was badly injured.”
Shahid was taken to Crosshouse Hospital, where he was found to have potentially life-threatening neck and spine injuries.
Doctors said Shahid, who needed surgery and wore a collar for 12 weeks, only survived due to his “extreme muscular build”.
He suffered a fractured jaw and cheekbone, shattered teeth and cuts, bruises and swelling to his face and head.
Crawford admitted attacking Shahid to his severe injury and danger of life. He also admitted punching and kicking Bisset repeatedly on the head and body and striking him repeatedly with metal bars.
Sentence was deferred.
Crawford was jailed for life for the July 2010 murder of Scott Adams in Duntocher, Clydebank.
Shahid is serving a minimum of 25 years for leading the gang who abducted and killed Kriss in 2004.
They snatched the terrified boy off the street in Glasgow’s Southside because he was white and drove him around Scotland for hours.
Then, in a crime that shocked the country, they stabbed Kriss repeatedly and set him on fire while he was still alive.