Bryson acts as legal adviser

Published Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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Flags protest leader Jamie Bryson appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court as a legal adviser for another high profile loyalist colleague on Tuesday.

Bryson acts as legal adviser
James Dowson, left, and Jamie Bryson outside court on Tuesday. (© Pacemaker)

Scots-born James Dowson, 48 and from The Burn Road in Comber, was representing himself at a remand hearing - but he indicated that Bryson was acting as an adviser, which is known in legal circles as a McKenzie friend.

Bryson sat in the public gallery and was allowed to take notes.

Dowson, like Bryson, is awaiting trial on a number of charges arising out of the flags protest including taking part in an un-notified procession and encouraging or assisting offences.

A number of Dowson's bail conditions were changed on Tuesday and he has been permitted to have a computer for legal research and a mobile phone so long as it doesn't have an internet connection.

District Judge Liam McNally expressed concern at the length of time it was taking police to complete files in the case.

At a hearing in June, a court was told the files would be ready in a week but on Tuesday prosecution lawyers said they still hadn't been completed.

The case was adjourned for six days.

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Comments Comments
Peter in Belfast wrote (456 days ago):
He couldn't even advise himself out of a wet paper bag. This is hilarious.
Speerdog in West belfast wrote (457 days ago):
Two balloons lol
john in belfast wrote (457 days ago):
iain in west belfast wrote (457 days ago):
surely when the psni and the justice system lock these persons up they should have enough evidence too present too a court, is this just a case of the psni under pressure from sf/ira or the Alliance party. what happened to innocent till proven guilty, so this money thats wasted in court case be put against the police or is it money wasted due too the flag protests.
Danso in N,Belfast wrote (458 days ago):
Legal, there is more brains in a false face
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