Published Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Spence was jailed for eight months for taking part in the riot. (© UTV)
On Tuesday Belfast Crown Court heard that as well as jumping onto the bonnet of the armoured vehicle, on 5 January 44-year-old Paul Spence motioned for his fellow rioters to attack the land rover.
Prosecution lawyer Tessa Kitson said the officers were trapped inside the armoured landrover as it was surrounded by a crowd at the junction of the Albertbridge Road and Templemore Avenue in east Belfast.
Unable to move neither forward nor back, the police vehicle was rocked and shaken by the crowd of rioters, estimated to number around 100.
Spence, from Woodvale Street in Belfast, was arrested as he walked away from the scene and made full admissions during police interview, later pleading guilty to an offence of riot.
Solicitor advocate Jonathan Burke revealed it was not the first time Spence had been involved in a riot, receiving a suspended sentence for rioting on the Whiterock Road in 2006.
He submitted that Spence had already paid an "immediate penalty" for his involvement as he had been dismissed from his car parking attendant job.
Handing down the eight month term along with a £25 offender levy, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said Spence had impeded the landrover's progress to enable other people to attack it.
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