Published Wednesday, 11 September 2013
The man was hit by paint thrown across the east Belfast interface. (© UTV)
Edward Bell, from Ballyalton Park in Newtownabbey, admitted a charge of using disorderly behaviour on Belfast's Newtownards Road on 12 July.
The 30-year-old was caught up in missiles thrown across from the Short Strand area.
His lawyer told Belfast Magistrates' Court on Wednesday that there had been an element of provocation to his behaviour.
"He was in the area when a number of missiles came in on top of him," he said. "He was with his young son which added to his frustration and he went to the area and kicked a barrier."
District Judge Fiona Bagnall was assured Bell had not been part of any street violence at the time. Imposing the £350 fine, she recognised he was charged only with disorderly behaviour.
Judge Bagnall said: "It's an aggravating factor that it happened in the context of community public disorder.
"However, he has no record, put his plea in and hasn't been part of the overall situation."
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