Men appear in court in connection with Fife takeaway attack

The seven men appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. Pic: Neil Hanna

The seven men appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. Pic: Neil Hanna

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Seven men appeared in court today (Tuesday) accused of carrying out a racist attack at a takeaway just 24 hours after the terrorist attacks in Paris last year.

Kyle Campbell, Brandon Munro, Robbie Smart, Connor Crombie, Sean Wood, and a pair aged 17 and 16 who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court over the allegations.

The seven are accused on summary complaint of attacking owner Mohammed Khalid (53) at the Caspian takeaway, Wellsley Road, Methil.

The seven men are alleged to have repeatedly punched and kicked Mr Khalid on the head and body to his injury.

Munro, Smart and Campbell are also alleged to have attacked shop assistant Mohammed Nadeem (35) by repeatedly punching and kicking him on the body to his injury.

All seven are also accused of “acting in a racially aggravated manner which caused or was intended to cause alarm and distress to Mohammed Khalid in that they did shout racially offensive comments towards him”.

Campbell (19) of Sidlaw Street, Kirkcaldy, Munro (18) of Farne Court, Kirkcaldy, Smart (18) of Denfield Place, Kirkcaldy, and the 17-year-old, also of Kirkcaldy, denied the charges on summary complaint at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

They had a trial date set in October and were ordered to attend a pre-trial hearing in September.

Wood (20) of Hugo Avenue, Coaltown of Wemyss, Crombie (18) of Fosterton Crescent, Kirkcaldy, and the 16-year-old, also of Kirkcaldy, did not enter pleas to the charges and had the case against them continued without plea until next month.

Sheriff John Rafferty ordered the seven to appear at the next hearing dates.