Man in court for 'trying to stab teenager to death in racist attack'

Glasgow High Court
High Court: McPhee denied the attempted murder charge.

A man is to stand trial charged with trying to kill a teenager in a racist attack.

Michael McPhee is accused of attempting to murder Ejaz Mohammad in North Lanarkshire last year.

The 20-year-old allegedly repeatedly struck Mr Mohammad on the body with a knife as well as threatening him and punching him on the head.

During a preliminary hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, the Crown accused McPhee of attacking the 17-year-old in a racially aggravated incident.

He is also charged with issuing racist threats and abuse towards Usman Aslam in Coatbridge on March 2, 2012.

Tony Graham, defending, said McPhee, of Cheviot Court, Coatbridge, was pleading not guilty to the accusations.

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

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