Former soldier on Twelfth rioting charge

Published Friday, 26 July 2013
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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.

Former soldier on Twelfth rioting charge
A former soldier has appeared in court charged with rioting. (© UTV)

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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26 Comments
John in Creggan wrote (388 days ago):
@Mark in Bangor, Is your point that any person that serves their country should get a by ball. I'm pretty certain the reason his army service was made known was by his defence lawyer to gain sympathy from the court. How many more bigots in uniform & armed are out there?
realistic in planet earth wrote (388 days ago):
and 'deeko' misses the point yet again...........
Deeko in British Belfast wrote (389 days ago):
@realistic.You are the Bubble???.Shinners former employment.You call murder and bombing a job,away and catch ur self on.Idiot.
Eamo in Belfast wrote (389 days ago):
To Ardoyne Resident he should say sorry as he should have known better than to get involved in the rioting that took place to try and force a parade past Nationalists in Ardoyne Mountinview and the dales where it is not wanted. Maybe in THE upper Ardoyne it is. This parade is setarian and triumphalist. But if you talk to residence directly then you might walk.
realistic in planet earth wrote (389 days ago):
@deeko, "no need for his former employment to be mentioned" -- but yet you and others can't let go of SF members former 'employment' deeko??? enjoy that bubble you wallow in idiot!.........:) and no, i don't support SF......
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