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By Kayla Edwards

A fourth-year radio and television arts student charged with a hate crime is set to appear in court on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Eoin McManus and his friend, Benjamin McCall, allegedly assaulted brothers Ryan and Ben Lester during the early morning hours of Jan. 22, 2011.

As soon as the brothers entered the Mehran Tandoori Restaurant on Church Street, McManus and his friend allegedly began hurling homophobic remarks at Ben Lester.

When Lester confronted the men, they allegedly began punching both him and his brother.

Ryan Lester is a former public administration and governance student and was taking courses at Ryerson until last semester. Lester dropped out when his work as fundraising director at Pride Toronto became too stressful.

McManus declined to comment on the case.

Ryan Lester and his brother were assaulted in January.

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