Peterborough man pleads not guilty to racism charges after video goes viral on the internet

Arun Ali leaving Peterborough 
Magistrates Court. 
Picture by Terry Harris. THA
Arun Ali leaving Peterborough Magistrates Court. Picture by Terry Harris. THA

A man charged with racially abusing a couple in Peterborough will stand trial in the summer.

Arun Ali, (30), of Outfield, in Bretton, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court this morning (Monday) after a video of an incident which occurred on February 24 appeared on social media.

Arun Ali leaving Peterborough Magistrates Court.  
Picture by Terry Harris. THA

Arun Ali leaving Peterborough Magistrates Court. Picture by Terry Harris. THA

Ali was charged with racial common assault, common assault, a public order offence, a racially aggravated public order offence and careless driving.

During the short hearing, he pleaded guilty to the common assault of a woman, but not guilty to all other offences.

It is alleged the incident started after a collision between two cars on Alexandra Road in Peterborough.

Magistrate Peter Waterfield adjourned the hearing until Monday, July 31 - the first available date for the scheduled four hour trial at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Ali, who was supported by a number of friends and family who sat in the public gallery, was bailed to an address outside of Cambridgeshire until the next hearing.

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