Perthshire Advertiser

Racial remarks charge denied

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A Carse of Gowrie man has denied making racial remarks and then attacking another man said to be a tenant on his property.

Alexander Baptie (50), of Murrayacre, St Madoes, will return to Perth Sheriff Court for trial on July 26.

He had an earlier preliminar­y hearing fixed for July 1 and was freed on bail.

It is alleged that on November 13, 2020, at the Dundee-Perth road, and on the unclassifi­ed road leading to Walnut Grove, west of the junction with the A90, he behaved in a threatenin­g or abusive manner by shouting and swearing and uttering racial remarks.

A second charge, also denied, claims that at the unclassifi­ed road leading to Walnut Grove, Baptie assaulted Pawel Ustianowsk­i by kicking him on the body and repeatedly punching him on the head and body, to his injury.

A special bail condition was imposed on the accused, banning him from approachin­g or contacting the alleged assault victim meantime.

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