Man found guilty of racist attack

A MAN has been found guilty of a racist attack on a Mossley shopkeeper.

Craig Kelly, 35, of Dean Street, Ashton, had denied the charges but was found guilty on Friday, January 24 in his absence at Tameside Magistrates Court where he will be sentenced on Wednesday, February 5.Kelly, who is on remand at HMP Forest Bank, pleaded not guilty to stealing a bottle of red wine from AS Convenience Store, Stamford Street, on October 20.

He also denied racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm/distress – words/writing with intent to cause Muhamad Nauman harassment, alarm or distress used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour causing another person harassment, alarm or distress and the offence was racially aggravated.

Kelly was also found guilty of racially/religiously aggravated common assault/beating of Muhamad Nauman and the offence was racially aggravated.

Kelly will also be sentenced on the same day for offences in Glossop on January 8, 2020, which he initially denied, but he changed his pleas to guilty on January 24.

He denied two charges, each relating to assaulting a police officer, damaging a police vehicle, common assault, criminal damage to a floral display at a Marks and Spencer store and theft from Home Bargains store, all on January 8.

Kelly also initially denied thefts from Home Bargains, Glossop, on December 21, 28 and 29 and from B&M Stores on January 7.

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