By Emma Prestwich
The trial is still ongoing in the hate crime case that involved a Ryerson student and alumnus.
The trial of Eoin McManus, a third-year Ryerson student in radio and television arts, and Benjamin McCall, has been pushed to April 6 while the court waits for more information.
Neither men appeared in court on March 16, their second court appearance after the first on Feb. 16.
McManus’ lawyer, Gavin MacKenzie, said it’s common for the accused to hand in designation of counsel, which means they don’t have to appear in court.
Both McManus and McCall are facing two charges of assault and one charge of mischief under $50 after they allegedly assaulted 30-year old Ryan Lester, a former Ryerson student and fundraising director at Pride Toronto, and his brother Ben Lester in the early hours of Jan. 22.
Toronto Police have classified the incident as a hate crime. The alleged incident occurred at Mehran Tandoori Restaurant on Church Street, just north of Gerrard. Police arrested the two men outside the restaurant. McManus refused to comment, and said that he didn’t want any of his words to be misconstrued. “I really can’t talk about it, I’m sorry,” he said. He said, however, that he was still in school during the court proceedings.