Murderer sues after jail takes sex aid
Legal: Brute wants his Xbox back too
A NOTORIOUS race-hate killer is suing his prison governor – to get back his sex aid and a confiscated games console.
Vicious thug Imran “Baldy” Shahid is serving a minimum 25 years at HMP Grampian for leading the brutal gang murder of Glasgow teen Kriss Donald in 2004.
But he is upset that the authorities have taken away the penis pump he says is a medical necessity because Viagra is causing him “serious” side effects.
And he is demanding the return of an Xbox 360 – or £3,000 in compensation – which was taken away in case he could use it to access the internet.
Shahid arrived at Peterhead Civil Court yesterday armed with a copy of the prison rules to back his legal action.
A lawyer for the governor dismissed the claims however, insisting the pump was “not medically necessary”.
Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said people would be “disgusted” by the legal action.
The gang’s 15-year-old victim – targeted purely for the colour of his skin – was snatched off the streets before being stabbed 13 times and set on fire.
Shahid was transferred to the north-east superjail to see out his life sentence after a series of violent incidents at other prisons around the country.
A brutal murderer serving 25 years at a northeast prison has taken its governor to court over allegations that he is being denied the use of a sex aid.
Imran “Baldy” Shahid, who was locked up in 2004 for the killing of 15-year-old Glasgow boy Kriss Donald, told a sheriff yesterday that he suffered from erectile dysfunction and needed a penis pump to treat it.
And in a case that critics said “makes a mockery of the system”, the notorious convict is also demanding back a confiscated games console – or £3,000 in compensation.
The Xbox 360 was taken away in case he used it to gain illicit access to the internet from behind bars.
Shahid was the leader of a gang that snatched the teen off the streets before stabbing him 13 times and setting him on fire. Their victim was picked because of the colour of his skin.
Since then, the 39-yearold has spent time in prisons across Scotland and was brought to HMP Grampian in Peterhead following violence at facilities in Perth, Kilmarnock and Saughton.
Yesterday he appeared at Peterhead Civil Court for the first stage of his fight to get back the pump.
Shahid – who brought a printed copy of the prison’s rules with him to court – told Sheriff Robert Dick- son that the jail’s governor, Allister Purdie, had no legal right to deny him the stimulation device.
A medical professional, he claimed, had advised prison staff that he required the pump as an alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction in 2015. Instead, he has been relying on Viagra which he says makes him suffer “serious” side-effects.
“It does not say any- where [in the prison rules] that the governor has the right to query that,” he told the court.
“I’m being superseded by a governor who has zero medical experience. They are simply not allowed to do that.”
Solicitor Ross Fairweather, acting on behalf of Mr Purdie, told the sheriff that it was taken away after a doctor queried its need.
“While it may not be a security risk, it is not medically necessary,” he said.
He added that it had been suggested prolonged use of the pump could cause harm.
Shahid is also seeking to recoup what he spent on the Xbox 360 and about 100 games while inside the prison.
He says he bought it after reading in a magazine that a company could remove its internet capabilities to make it legal to use within the jail. When prison staff were later advised that the process could be reversed, all such consoles from jails across Scotland were confiscated.
Mr Fairweather explained: “If that function can easily be reversed, then you have a whole bunch of prisoners who can access the internet.
“The equipment is still at the prison. It is being held in the prison on Shahid’s behalf. They are entitled by the rules just to dispose of it. But returning it to Shahid is not an option in my view. He could give it to a family member who could sell it, but he’s decided not to. He’s asking for payment for something he already has.”
Shahid is now attempting to prove that he has no way of reactivating the internet on the console.
In both cases, Shahid is also attempting to involve the Scottish Prison Service’s chief executive Colin McConnell. Discussions about the cases will continue in November.
Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, said: “People will be disgusted that this convicted killer is able to sue the prison service for what amounts to an item that he probably should never have had in the first place.
“While our justice system rightly focuses on the need to rehabilitate offenders, we also have to remember jail terms are a punishment for criminal acts.
“Prison is not supposed to be pleasant and comfortable.
“This case makes a mockery of the whole system and, I think most people would agree, should be thrown out of court.”
“This case makes a mockery of the whole system”
“Most fairminded people will be outraged by what they see as a spurious claim”
Sadistic killer Imran Shahid showed no mercy as he enthusiastically took part in a racially-motivated gang murder in which victim Kriss Donald, 15, was stabbed multiple times and set on fire.
It was an infamous crime which shocked even the most seasoned observers. He received a 25-year sentence, but he is now back in court for the most surreal reasons.
Should a north-east sheriff show mercy after Shahid’s plaintive and indignant protest that a prison governor has taken his penis pump away?
The murderer claims he was allowed to use it for erectile dysfunction, but medical doubts have since emerged that he does not require the sex aid and that prolonged use could be dangerous during his residency at HMP Grampian. It is difficult to separate natural revulsion over his crime from his current appeal, but we must try.
The same prison rules and rights apply to him and every other prisoner in his category – however disgusting their crimes. He faced similar rules and rights during his court case, the evidence was weighed up and a verdict reached. A similar process appears to have been followed in prison.
Most fair-minded people will be outraged by what they see as a spurious claim by a notorious killer at the public’s expense. Shahid is lucky to be alive and able to pursue his interests. His victim is not, of
RACIST KILLER: Imran ‘Baldy’ Shahid is complaining after his Xbox 360 and a sex aid were removed from his cell
KILLER: Imran ‘Baldy’ Shahid was the leader of a gang that set their victim on fire
Kriss Donald: murdered