Three men in Edinburgh racist murder bid trial

Three men are to stand trial charged with carrying out a racist murder bid in Edinburgh.

Danny McCann, 22, Aiden O’Reilly, 22, and Liam Gartland, 26, faced the accusation at the High Court in Glasgow.

The trio are alleged to have attempted to murder Arun Nair in Edinburgh’s Dalry area on 6 April 2014.

The charge includes claims Mr Nair was jumped and stamped upon, hit with a glass bottle and a metal baton.

Prosecutors alleged the incident was racially aggravated.

The three men are also said to have carried out another racist assault on Charlton Dsa on the same day in the capital.

Mr McCann and Mr O’Reilly face a further allegation they acted in a racially aggravated manner towards Olutoyin Kasim in Edinburgh on 7 February 2014.

Mr O’Reilly is also accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive way towards others on 6 April 2014.

Judge Lord Turnbull set a trial due to begin in July in Glasgow.

A further hearing will take place before then next month.

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