Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Jamie Bryson in court to advise flag accused

Jamie Bryson
Jamie Bryson

Flags protest leader Jamie Bryson appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court as a legal adviser for another high-profile loyalist colleague.

Scots-born James Dowson (48) – from The Burn Road in Comber, Co Down – was representing himself at a remand hearing yesterday.

But he indicated that Bryson was acting as an adviser to him known in legal circles as 'a McKenzie friend'.

Bryson sat in the public gallery and was allowed to take notes during the hearing.

Dowson, like Bryson, is awaiting trial on a number of charges arising out of the flags protest including taking part in an un-notified procession and encouraging or assisting offences.

A number of Dowson's bail conditions were changed yesterday and he has been permitted to have a computer for legal research and a mobile phone so long as it does not have an internet connection.

District Judge Liam McNally expressed concern at the length of time it was taking police to complete files in the case.

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