Former soldier on Twelfth rioting charge

Former soldier on Twelfth rioting charge

A man who threw four bottles at police during rioting on Belfast's Woodvale Road on the Twelfth of July was a soldier, a court heard on Friday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Mark William Orr from the Shore Road served with the Royal Irish Regiment for six years until 2003.

He faces a single riot charge and at the High Court a prosecution lawyer said that Orr told police he was very drunk and had little recollection of what happened after the PSNI stopped a banned march from going past the shops at Ardoyne.

A defence lawyer said Orr had apologised for his actions and added that he was disgusted with himself because he had been involved with security along with the police during his time in the Army.

Mr Justice Maguire refused to grant Orr bail because he said he wasn't satisfied with the bail address which had been suggested for him.


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