Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Man pleads guilty to petrol bomb and riot charges

A man has admitted urging people to riot after an Apprentice Boys parade and having a petrol bomb.

The 37-year-old man is to be sentenced in four weeks time after he pleaded guilty at the Crown Court in Londonderry to inciting people to possess petrol bombs during disturbances in the Bogside following last year's Apprentice Boys parade.

Gerard Kelly from Glenview Court was to have gone on trial charged with that offence and with riotous behaviour, possessing a petrol bomb and inciting others to commit riotous behaviour.

But before his trial started he asked to be re-arraigned on the charge of inciting people to possess petrol bombs at Fahan Street on August 13 last year.

He admitted the offence and the remaining charges are to be left on the books.

Judge Piers Grant ordered Kelly to sign an agreed set of facts and he also ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Kelly, who had already pleaded guilty in May to throwing a petrol bomb on the same date, was remanded in continuing custody until sentencing on October 17.

Meanwhile, a teenager charged with throwing a petrol bomb at police has been released on bail.

Conor McToal, from Lettershandoney Avenue in the Waterside area of Londonderry, appeared before the city’s Magistrate's Court charged with throwing the petrol bomb at officers in Curryneirin on August 15.

He was further charged with possessing a petrol bomb, causing criminal damage to a police vehicle and riotous behaviour.

The case was adjourned until October 23. As part of his bail conditions the defendant is to be electronically tagged.

District Judge Barney McElholm also ordered the defendant not to come within 200 metres of any bonfire site or within 200 metres of any public order incident.

A man was charged with possessing a petrol bomb and with riotous behaviour at disturbances at Moss Park on July 22.

The case of Matthew McCloskey (20), from Ederowen Park, Derry, was adjourned until October 25.

Mr McElholm told him not to breach bail conditions “otherwise you will be immediately remanded in custody”.

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