Men deny wrongdoing after a Sikh taxi driver was racially abused and assaulted

Monday 12th April 2021 10:11 EDT

Two men charged with racially abusing a taxi driver will now stand trial in November after denying the allegations. Vaneet Singh was driving the men from Reading to Basingstoke in September last year when they allegedly racially abused, calling him “Taliban” and assaulted him.

The incident is said to have happened as they were driving along the A33 on September 20, between 10.20 and 11.45pm. Dean Brandon Smith and Frankie Gregory pleaded not guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court and are now due to face trial on 8 November.

Smith, was charged with four counts of racially and religiously aggravated common assault, racially and religiously aggravated public order, theft, and threats to commit criminal damage. Frankie Gregory, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated common assault. Additionally, Billy-Sam Simon Shervell, 20, of Honeysuckle Close in Swindon, was charged with racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage in connection with the same incident.

His case has been adjourned until May 13, also at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.

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