Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
Rioters attack police in east Belfast (© Pacemaker)
David McDonnell, 45, from Emerald Street in Belfast pleaded guilty to a single charge of rioting on 5 January this year.
At Belfast Crown Court, Judge Kinney said the courts' attitude to rioting was "well known".
"Society will not tolerate his kind of behaviour and the courts will impose sentences that punish the defendant and deter others," he said.
The Prosecuting lawyer, Gareth Purvis, said that during a flag protest, a crowd had attacked police at the junction of Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue and two officers had seen McDonnell throwing a lump of masonry at their landrover.
At the time officers said "it was unsafe to conduct an arrest" and McDonnell was detained around half an hour later.
The 45-year-old will spend half his sentence in jail and half on supervised licence.
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