FOUR IN COURT OVER ARDOYNE RIOTS !
THE mother of a teenager charged with running at police with an uprooted tree during the Ardoyne riots wept as he was remanded in custody on Saturday.
Dean Cromie, 18, of Alliance Road, in Belfast appeared along with three others at Belfast Magistrates court charged in connection with the Twelfth riots. The three other men – Aiden McCrory, 25, of Eglantine Avenue, Gary Martin, 41, of Benview Drive and Michael McDonnell, 23, of Ardoyne Road – were also refused bail. The court was told of the serious rioting on Thursday night at Ardoyne when 20 police officers were injured. Shots were fired at police, who used water cannon and plastic bullets. It followed two parades along a stretch of road dividing Catholic and Protestant communities. The eldest of the men to appear before the court was Gary Martin from Benview Drive in Belfast. The 41-year-old is facing three charges including one count of incitement to cause a riot, one of riotous assembly and one count of possession of an offensive weapon.
The court heard how Martin – who was described as ” intoxicated ” – was standing close to police lines in the Somerdale Park area. A PSNI officer detailed how Martin then began shouting to a crowd of hundreds behind him ” Get fucking into them. Let’s start a riot,” before jumping on a police Land-Rover and later hurling missiles – a glass bottle and a wooden stick – at officers. A defence solicitor told Judge Harry McKibben that Martin regarded his words as ” banter ” and initially thought he was part of a peaceful protest.
The youngest of the accused, 18-year-old Dean Cromie, was charged with one count of riotous assembly and one count of possession of an offensive weapon – a tree. A PSNI officer described to the court how Cromie had been observed throwing missiles – including blocks of masonry – at police lines and at one point was seen running with an uprooted tree in the direction of the police. His defence solicitor told Judge McKibben that Cromie was very angry that his band had not been allowed to march up the Crumlin Road and took this anger out on police. Refusing bail Judge Mckibben said that Cromie had been involved in this behaviour before and remanded him in custody until August 10. The teenager waved to his mother before he was led away and she fled the court in tears.
Judge McKibben also refused bail to 22-year-old Michael McDonnell, of Ardoyne Road, Belfast. McDonnell is facing three charges including assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and riotous assembly. Defence solicitor Declan Quinn made a plea for bail on the grounds that McDonnell is a carer for his terminally-ill father and has no previous convictions of a similar nature. Refusing bail Judge McKibben said that McDonnell’s behaviour on the day spanned a prolonged period and remanded him in custody until August 10th. No bail application was made for 25-year-old Aiden McCrory, of Eglantine Avenue, Belfast who is charged with two counts of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and one of riotous assembly.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : EAVAN MURRAY, SUNDAY WORLD.
Seachranaidhe1 comment’s : ” Will the young lad beaten and stripped by this scum receive any justice, will any PSNI officer’s be charged with assaulting him ? I doubt this very much ” NO-CHANGE 1969 – 2012 !
POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Derry Sceal
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