Published Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Judge Tom Burgess has warned those found guilty of rioting will be jailed. (© UTV)
Sentencing Ruairi Muldoon to serve two years behind bars and three on licence, Belfast Crown Court Judge Tom Burgess repeated his warning that involvement in riots leads to jail.
Police came under sustained attack during three nights of trouble in the area during last year's Twelfth parades.
"This was a dreadful riot, businesses were badly damaged, residents put at risk and the level of fear must have been enormous," said the judge.
He added seeing the recorded footage would "frighten anyone".
Earlier he heard that Muldoon, from Fortwilliam Demesne in Belfast, had pleaded guilty to charges of riot and throwing a petrol bomb.
Prosecution lawyer David Russell said that just days before the incident, Muldoon had been involved in throwing stones at police on the Limestone Road.
On 12 July he had been recorded throwing bricks three times, pushing a sofa onto the road and throwing one petrol bomb in the 23 minutes he was present at the scene in north Belfast.