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Couple on trial this week for alleged racist incident in Steveston

Two people planned to defend themselves against charges related to an incident at Rocanini Coffee Roasters.
Richmond Provincial Court 2
Richmond Provincial Court

A couple who allegedly uttered a racist slur and threw coffee at a staff member in a Steveston coffeeshop are scheduled to be on trial later this week.

Astrid Maria Secreve and Michel Jean-Jacque Berthiaume are both charged with mischief under $5,000 in connection with the incident that took place at Rocanini Coffee Roasters in March 2021.

The trial was set to start on April 8, but the judge determined the defendants hadn’t been able to access the necessary files for the trial to proceed and it was postponed.

At that time, the couple said they were representing themselves in court. Berthiaume also asked if the trial could be moved to Vancouver.

The trial is expected to start Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Richmond Provincial Court and to continue on Friday.