Bradford man appears in court charged with 'religiously prejudiced' attack on Glasgow shopkeeper

Asad Shah was found with serious injuries outside his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on Thursday night. Credit: Social Media

A man from Bradford has appeared in court in Scotland accused of murdering a Glasgow shopkeeper last week.

32-year-old Tanveer Ahmed is accused of killing 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his convenience store in Glasgow's Shawlands area on Thursday night.

Police had previously described the incident as a "religiously prejudiced" attack and confirmed both men were Muslims.

Mr Shah was discovered outside his shop on Minard Road and taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His death shocked members of the local community, who came together for a silent vigil on Friday which was attended by about 400 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose constituency covers the area.

Fizza and Malaik Ali pay their respects at the flowers left in tribute to Asad Shah outside his shop in Shawlands, Glasgow Credit: Press Association

Dozens of floral tributes were laid near his shop and a fundraising page set up on the GoFundMe website in support of his family has raised more than £94,000.

Posts on the page describe the shopkeeper as a "popular, well-respected and much-loved" member of the community.

"He would want to know how are you, what are you doing. He took an interest in everyone's lives - old, young, anyone. You could be any colour, that would not be an issue for him, he just cared too much."

Aleesa Malik, 17

Mr Shah moved to Scotland from Pakistan in the 1990s with his family.

His shop regulars described him as a "pillar of the community" and a "wonderful and gentle man".

He had posted a Facebook message on Thursday wishing all Christians a happy Easter.

Ahmed made no plea or declaration at the brief hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody pending a further court appearance.