Three in court over alleged Manchester tram racist abuse

Juan Jasso
Image caption US army veteran Juan Jasso was on a tram when he was allegedly subjected to racial abuse

Two men and a boy have appeared in court accused of racially abusing a US army veteran on a Manchester tram.

Juan Jasso challenged the trio over their alleged use of foul language in the city centre on 28 June.

Aaron Cauchi, 19, Robert Molloy, 20, and a boy aged 16, who cannot be named, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court.

They were bailed on condition they avoid contact and do not use the trams.

  • Aaron Cauchi, of Spa Crescent, Little Hulton, Salford, has been charged with two public order offences against Mr Jasso and public order offences against another man and an assault on a third person on the same day
  • Robert Molloy, of no fixed address, has been charged with the racially aggravated assault of Mr Jasso, common assault to another man and using threatening words or behaviour to a third
  • The boy, from Salford, has been charged with using threatening words or behaviour towards Mr Jasso and another man and common assault to a third man.

No pleas were entered and a further case management hearing will take place on 4 January.

A trial date has been set for 6 February at the same court.

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