Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Man to stand trial accused of rioting and arson attack

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A Belfast man must stand trial accused of rioting and an arson attack on a woman's car, a judge ruled today

Patrick Joyce appeared in court alongside a co-accused who is alleged to have thrown a petrol bomb during the same outbreak of public disorder.

Both men face charges over violence which flared in the city on the Twelfth of July last year.

Joyce, 19, of Old Meade Travellers' Camp on the Shore Road, is accused of riotous assembly and damaging or destroying a BMW car by fire.

Beside him in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Magistrates' Court was Christopher O'Hara.

O'Hara, 36, of Gortnamona View in the city, is also charged with riotous assembly.

He faces further counts of possessing and throwing a petrol bomb.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing District Judge Fiona Bagnall backed prosecution contentions that the pair have cases to answer.

Both men declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Judge Bagnall ordered Joyce and O'Hara to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

They were released on continuing bail until those proceedings get underway.

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