Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Twelfth of July spectator called policeman racist for stopping him throwing a band stick

Orange parades in Belfast on July 12, 2014. Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parades in Belfast on July 12, 2014. Photo: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

A parade spectator called a police officer a "f****** racist" for stopping him throwing a band stick about during Twelfth of July celebrations, a court heard today.

William Robinson protested that he was taking part in his culture during the incident in south Belfast last month, a judge was told.

The 23-year-old was bound over to keep the peace for 18 months after admitting a charge of disorderly behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard the Orange Order march had already passed Botanic Avenue when he came to police attention.

A prosecution lawyer said that as crowds continued to mill around a drunken man started throwing a band stick across the road.

Police feared he could hurt someone or be injured himself by a motorist as he retrieved the pole.

When asked to stop he allegedly replied: "You're a f****** racist, that's my culture."

Robinson, of Rathlin Drive in Ballymena, Co Antrim, was arrested after being warned his actions were unacceptable.

On hearing details of the case District Judge Amanda Henderson remarked: "Very cultured behaviour."

She told Robinson he was being bound over to keep the peace in the sum of £250 for 18 months.

"This is a suspended fine hanging over your head," Judge Henderson warned.

"If you breach that by further public disorder you will then pay £250."

Meanwhile, a Belfast man who also admitted disorderly behaviour on July 12 will be sentenced next week.

Orry McKeague, 19, of Claggan Park, Dundonald, was charged in connection with an incident at Donegall Pass in the south of the city.

Judge Henderson ordered a report be prepared before she passes sentence.

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