Scotsman in court over parade trouble

Published Monday, 27 August 2012
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A Scottish man has been remanded in custody in connection with the disorder at a loyalist parade in Belfast.

Scotsman in court over parade trouble
Police in riot gear held back protestors during the demonstration. (© Pacemaker)

James Boyce is accused of provoking trouble by running through the middle of protesters during the Royal Black Institution's annual demonstration.

Trouble broke out after bandsmen defied restrictions on marching past a Catholic church on Donegall Street.

Boyce, a 38-year-old lift equipment inspector from Benvorlich Drive, Glasgow, faces charges of carrying out a provocative act and using disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he has been identified on CCTV footage from the scene.

A detective constable told the court the accused travels to Northern Ireland to attend marches and participate.

The accused initially claimed that he just happened to come behind a peaceful protest by residents, the court heard.

According to the officer Boyce was also in Belfast for the Twelfth of July Orange Order parade and was aware of contentious issues surrounding the same band marching past St Patrick's.

A prosecution lawyer said more charges may follow once the CCTV evidence has been studied further.

Boyce's solicitor said he accepted being the person seen on the footage.

The lawyer said his client, a father of two, had travelled to Northern Ireland with his father.

He warned that unless Boyce turns up for work on Tuesday he would lose his job.

"What has already been a devastating experience for him will obviously then be compounded," he said.

However, District Judge Ken Nixon refused bail due to the risk of re-offending and not turning up for trial.

Boyce was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link on 24 September.

© UTV News
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6 Comments
WTF in Ards wrote (794 days ago):
Yeah Peter, those band tunes will be the ruin of St. Pats..... Do you agree then that travelling distances to be offended is a complete no-no then?
Mark in Belfast wrote (795 days ago):
Danso - maybe he got he idea from the bigots in Lurgan who travelled to Ardoyne to be offened on the 12th?
Peter in Armagh wrote (796 days ago):
All the way from Scotland to get offended by Irish people trying to protect their own church from a loyalist mob.
Alan FIeld in Belfast wrote (796 days ago):
Remanded in custody for running through the middle of protesters , that's a laugh , what about all the nationalists / republicans that made the journey to the ardoyne shops to cause riots and attempt to kill members of the PSNI ? Suppose they will get free bus / train tickets and lunch next !!
ron in belfast wrote (796 days ago):
rightly so this individual has been brought before the courts but surely if given bail he's more likely to attend any further proceedings than say three Jordanians who by now having been charged with more serious offences are well and truely out of our duristiction?the laws an ass!
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