Teenager spared prison after racist rant on Manchester tram

A teenager has been spared jail but banned from the Metrolink network after a US Army veteran was racially abused on a tram in Manchester city centre.

Aaron Cauchi Credit: MEN

19 year old Aaron Cauchi is the last of three to be sentenced after university lecturer Juan Jasso was told to ‘get back to Africa’ just days after the Brexit vote in June last year. Juan Jasso, who has lived in this country for 18 years, became an unlikely internet sensation when video footage of him standing up for himself appeared online.

Cauchi must pay legal costs and received a criminal behaviour order for two years, which bans him from travelling on Metrolink services across Greater Manchester and associating with the other two defendants.

Juan Jasso was racially abused on a packed tram. Credit: PA

Mr Jasso - who was hailed as ‘Super Juan’ on social media - was applauded by other passengers after he told the three to mind their language. In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Jasso said their behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and said he wanted to ‘challenge them’ because children were on board.