Four in court on Twelfth riot charges

Published Saturday, 14 July 2012
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A Belfast man charged with rioting in Ardoyne on the Twelfth of July told police: "I love you guys but I'll still fight you", a court has heard.

Four in court on Twelfth riot charges
Rioters at Ardoyne in North Belfast after the 12th of July parades (© Pacemaker)

Gary Martin, from Benview Drive in Belfast, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday. He is also facing charges of riotous assembly and using offensive weapons - alleged to be a wooden stick and a glass bottle.

It is claimed the 41-year-old took part in the disorder on the Crumlin and Hesketh Roads, when he allegedly sat on the ground, linked arms with others, and told people "Get down there and start a riot".

Also in the dock was 18-year-old Dean Cromie, from Alliance Road in the city, who is charged with using the branch of a tree and blocks of tarmac as offensive weapons, as well as riotous assembly.

Aiden McCrory, 24, of Eglantine Avenue in Belfast also faces charges of riotous assembly, two charges of assaulting a police officer and one of resisting police.

The fourth man, Michael McDonnell is accused of attacking a policeman, resisting arrest and riotous assembly.

Police say the Ardoyne Road man spat at officers, punched a riot policeman's helmet and swore at them, later throwing a bottle.

The 23-year-old gave the thumbs up to supporters in the public gallery on Saturday.

All four men were refused bail by District Judge McKibbin, and are due to appear in court again next month.

© UTV News
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