Michael McPhee faces 'racist' attempted murder charge

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder a teenager in an allegedly racist attack in North Lanarkshire.

Michael McPhee, from Coatbridge, is said to have punched 17-year-old Ejaz Mohammad and repeatedly struck him with a knife in the town on 2 March 2012.

He faces a separate allegation that he acted in a threatening and abusive manner to Usman Aslam on the same day.

Mr McPhee denies both charges which are said to have a racist element.

The 20-year-old appeared for a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Tony Graham, defending, said Mr McPhee was pleading not guilty to the accusations.

Judge Lord Burns set a trial due to take place in April. The case is expected to last up to five days.

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