Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Union flag protester jailed

A man who became embroiled in street disorder surrounding the union flag protests was jailed for four months today.

Jamie Robert Colgan admitted a charge of riotous behaviour which occurred in Newtownabbey just days after the demonstrations began.
 

He was given the prison term at Belfast Magistrates' Court today but released on £500 bail after lodging an appeal against the sentence.
 

The 23-year-old, of Tulleevin Drive, Newtownabbey, was banned from going within 500 metres of any parade or protest until his challenge is heard.
 

Colgan was arrested along with other suspects following an outbreak of violence at Drumcree Place on December 8 last year.
 

Days earlier councillors in Belfast had decided to restrict the flying of the union flag at City Hall, sparking widespread trouble.
 

Colgan must also stay in accommodation approved by police while out on bail.
 

So far police have arrested 234 people under Operation Dulcet, the initiative set up to investigate offences linked to the flags disorder.
 

Charges have been brought against 177 suspects, and another 75 files referred to the Public Prosecution Service.

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