Parade spectator handed suspended fine

Published Friday, 15 August 2014
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A parade spectator alleged to have called a police officer a "racist" for stopping him throwing a band stick about during Twelfth of July celebrations has been bound over to keep the peace.

Parade spectator handed suspended fine
The case was heard at Belfast's Magistrates' Court on Friday. (© UTV)

William Robinson protested that he was taking part in his culture during the incident in south Belfast last month, a judge was told.

The 23-year-old was bound over to keep the peace in the sum of £250 for 18 months after admitting a charge of disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the Orange Order march had already passed Botanic Avenue when he came to police attention.

A prosecution lawyer said that as crowds continued to mill around, a drunken man started throwing a band stick across the road.

Police feared he could hurt someone or be injured himself by a motorist as he retrieved the pole.

It was when he was asked to stop that the incident was alleged to have happened.

Robinson, of Rathlin Drive in Ballymena, Co Antrim, was arrested after being warned his actions were unacceptable.

On hearing details of the case, District Judge Amanda Henderson remarked: "Very cultured behaviour."

"This is a suspended fine hanging over your head," Judge Henderson warned.

"If you breach that by further public disorder, you will then pay £250."

Meanwhile, a Belfast man who also admitted disorderly behaviour on 12 July will be sentenced next week.

Orry McKeague, 19, of Claggan Park, Dundonald, was charged in connection with an incident at Donegall Pass in the south of the city.

Judge Henderson ordered a report be prepared before she passes sentence.

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Martin in Lurgan wrote (46 days ago):
So, let me get this right. Willie's culture is flipping his stick across the road with his friends watching. Amazing!!!
Liz in East belfast wrote (47 days ago):
Its time our law was challanced in the europeoan court
desdodes in lower ormo wrote (47 days ago):
One from Ballymena, and one from Dundonald. Talk about going out your way to be offended. How about going out of your way to offend?
Stephen in East belfast wrote (47 days ago):
Fined and suspended sentence for throwing a band pole and there is masked ira men firing volleys of gunfire and not a thing done about it. Wise up jail the real scum
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