Teen remanded over Divis riot

Published Saturday, 10 August 2013
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A teenager has been remanded into custody accused of taking part in a riot which injured eight police officers.

Teen remanded over Divis riot
The Divis bonfire in west Belfast before it was lit. (© Presseye)

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard that 19-year-old Corey Smyth, from Juniper Park in Dunmurry, was on bail awaiting sentence on a similar charge when he allegedly took part in rioting at Divis Street on Thursday night.

Eight police officers were injured when they were attacked during trouble at an anti-internment bonfire with a crowd hurling paint bombs, bottles and masonry.

Constable McCartney told the court he believed he could connect Smyth to the charge and also revealed that the teenager had broken the two conditions of his bail by staying out after curfew and consuming alcohol.

He agreed with Smyth's solicitor that during police questioning the teen was "highly apologetic and expressed remorse" for his involvement.

The solicitor argued that despite a previous conviction for riot, allegedly committing the new offence while subject to a suspended sentence and awaiting sentence on another charge of riot, Smyth could safely be released on bail.

Refusing the application however, District Judge Bernadette Kelly said the risk of him committing further offences was not just a risk but a "virtual certainty".

"Low and behold despite all of that, he goes out and commits the same sort of behaviour," said the judge who asked rhetorically: "At which juncture in that history does a mother say enough is enough?"

Meanwhile, two teenagers, aged 14 and 16, are accused of riotous behaviour in relation with the incident.

They are expected to appear before Belfast Youth Court next month.

Three women, aged 25, 26, 27, and an 18-year-old man have also been charged in connection with the rioting at Divis Street.

They are expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court next month.

A 47-year-old man has been released on police bail.

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Hugh in Belfast wrote (497 days ago):
@ Karl - I also live in East Belfast and all I can say to you is to stop making stuff up to make Loyalists look like martyrs again. I have seen horrible horrible graffiti all over the place. I have to drive through some of the areas to get to work and between the paint on the walls and the UVF flags on every lampost, it is not a welcoming place. PUP do not praise paramilitaries you say? That's weird, seeing as half of them are members of UVF
s in Belfast wrote (497 days ago):
I live in Belfast and in my own opinion its the politicians faults that people are rioting and younge people are being arrested. the politicians dont do anything for our community, they should be finding ways to bring nationalities together instead of allowing protests, roits and hate crime happening. At the end off the day there is so many younge children watching this and joining in who dont understand it and are being hurt!
Al in Belfast wrote (497 days ago):
@maireid, i hate all forms of terrorism be it security force or republican and loyalist, but i think global atrocity is too strong to describe this, maybe a serious injustice. What would you say about bloody sunday then mairead?? Or the 9/11 attacks???? Would internment rank alongside these?
Mairead in Belfast wrote (498 days ago):
Al in Belfast, you are ignorant in both senses of the word. To use lol and internment in the same breath? Would you be laughing out loud if you were trailed out of bed in front of your family beaten senseless and then thrown in jail and convicted of a crime you didnt commit? Each and every person on the planet who has experienced this as well as their loved ones see this as both a personal and global attrocity. Shows what type of person you are when you find the loss of an innocents freedom and the potential personal and financial ramications on their lives and that of their families funny. Disgusting Al.
Al in Belfast wrote (499 days ago):
@housewife, a global atrocity! Where all these people locked up and murdered in jail and never seen again? There have been atrocities all over the world but this aint one of them, sorry lol
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