Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Judge tells Twelfth rioters to 'go on holiday'

Protesters clash with police in Ardoyne following an Orange Order parade in north Belfast
Protesters clash with police in Ardoyne following an Orange Order parade in north Belfast

Seven Belfast men who admitted rioting at the notorious flashpoint of the Ardoyne shops on July 12th last year were today advised to "go on holiday" by a judge.

In adjourning passing sentence until the case against two other defendants is dealt with, potentially in September, Recorder of Belfast Judge David McFarland told the seven men he was releasing them on bail but passed on the advice: "Obviously there maybe events in the intervening period and it would not be a good idea for you to get involved.

"In fact I would just go on holiday just in case temptation arises."

Arraigned at Belfast Crown Court, the men who pleaded guilty to being involved in the riot on July 12th last year are: 31-year-old Paul Faulkner from Queen's Parade, Colin Loughlin (21) from Filbert Drive in Dunmurry, 23-year-old Christopher McDonnell from Wyndham Street, Brian Gavin (19) from Woodside Park, Dunmurry and Liam Thompson (25) from Cliftonville Avenue.

In addition to a charge of riot, 20-year-old Daniel Patrick Neill also pleaded guilty to a charge of arson to a silver Citroen car.

Denying the offence of riot and a further charge of throwing a petrol bomb was 25-year-old Pearse Toman from Garland Crescent in Lurgan.

While Christopher Stitt (23) did admit riot he pleaded not guilty to stealing the Citreon car which was set on fire by Neill and the case against the last defendant, 41-year-old Martin Faulkner from the Antrim Road in Belfast was adjourned for medical reports.

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