A man who travelled from mid-Ulster to Union flag protests in Belfast must serve 18 months on probation for having a stone in his pocket.
David Rowe was said to have gone to the city as street disorder flared out of "nosiness".
The 20-year-old, of Old Mill Manor, Laurelvale, Tandragee, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard he came from Portadown with his girlfriend and other friends to be a spectator at protests in the Albertbridge Road area on January 7.
He was stopped, searched and found to have a stone in his pocket.
It was not alleged that Rowe took part in rioting.
Judge McKibben imposed an 18-month probation order.