Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Bank Holiday riots: 6 charged

A 13-year-old schoolboy and five other suspects have been released on bail accused of rioting at an east Belfast flashpoint.

All six were charged in connection with two nights of sectarian violence near the Albertbridge and Castlereagh Roads. Rival factions first clashed on Monday after Sinn Fein held a rally to mark the closure of Mountpottinger Police Station.

The six defendants, all from Belfast, were each charged with riotous behaviour over the course of this week's disturbances.

George Garland, 30, from the Albertbridge Road, is also alleged to have thrown a petrol bomb and had two golf balls.

Brian Millar, 18, from Beechfield Street, faces further charges of damaging armoured glass belonging to the PSNI and possession of a baseball bat.

A 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named because of his age, is also accused of throwing a petrol bomb.

Matthew Wood, 19, from Bannagh Corner, and the 13-year-old boy each faced a single count of riotous behaviour.

Ian Ogle, 36, of Medway Street, faces a further charge of possessing an offensive weapon over a hurling stick he is alleged to have been carrying.

All six will appear again before the courts next month.

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