Three in court over weekend disorder

Published Monday, 14 July 2014
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Three men have been remanded into custody accused of riot-type offences in Belfast during the early hours of the Twelfth.

Three in court over weekend disorder
The three were remanded into custody on Monday. (© UTV)

The city's Magistrates' Court heard police were attacked by bricks, bottles and masonry as crowds of up to 200 people gathered at an interface on Saturday.

One of those accused of involvement was allegedly seen throwing 16 items amid disorder near Lanark Way.

Sean Hyland, of Violet Street, west Belfast, faces charges of riot, criminal damage to a PSNI CCTV camera and attempted criminal damage to a Land Rover wing mirror.

Opposing bail, a police officer said the 22-year-old admitted to having drank 15 beers that night.

Also in the dock were Robert Hyndman, 33, of Oldpark Avenue, and Michael McDonnell, 34, from Wyndham Street - both in north Belfast.

They are jointly charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage to a police Land Rover in the Oldpark Road area.

McDonnell is alleged to have told police he had downed two 10-packs of beer and a quarter bottle of vodka.

The officer resisted their bail applications by stressing that tensions remain at the city's interfaces.

Defence lawyers argued that as the subsequent Twelfth of July demonstrations remained peaceful the accused should be released.

But District Judge Ken Nixon ruled there was a risk of re-offending and remanded all three in custody to appear again next month.

Meanwhile, a Lithuanian man is to remain in custody charged with disorderly behaviour in the Sandy Row area of the city on the Twelfth.

Tomas Puida, 27, of Ligoniel Road in north Belfast, is also accused of resisting arrest and two counts of assault on police.

He was not brought into court following an incident in the cells.

But after setting out how he had allegedly drank 10 bottles of alcohol a police officer said she would have no confidence in him abiding by bail conditions.

Puida was remanded in custody to appear again on 7 August.

© UTV News
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you arnt true loyalist in belfast wrote (195 days ago):
the o.o told people not to cause trouble, why then did these clowns let other loyalists down by rioting etc, shame on them.
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