A NORTH Belfast man has been remanded in custody in connection with a gun attack on police during rioting on the Twelfth. Michael Gorman of Estoril Park, Ardoyne, was charged with ” aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm “, namely a semi-automatic rifle, with intent to endanger life or cause damage to property.
The 57-year-old did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to appear by video link on August 22. He is charged in connection with a shooting incident captured on film and posted on YouTube. The clip shows a man emerge from a crowd of young people at Brompton Park in Ardoyne and fire 17 shots from an automatic rifle. The shooting took place amid a riot in the area that followed the contentious annual Orange Order march. A detective sergeant told Belfast Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the accused with the charge. Mr Gorman is the second man to be charged in connection with the shooting incident. Last month Thomas ‘ Ta ‘ McWilliams (47) of Northwick Drive, Belfast, appeared in court charged with attempted murder. The court heard that while there is no suggestion that McWilliams, a former IRA life-sentence prisoner, was the gunman, he is alleged to have been in a car in which the weapon was taken from the scene.
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