15 months for Woodvale Road rioter who gave himself up
Published 25/03/2014 | 01:30
A Belfast man who handed himself into police after detectives issued his photograph as part of the 'Operation Titan' investigation into last summer's riots has been jailed for 15 months.
Glen Hughes (21), of Loopland Drive, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Crown to rioting at Woodvale Road.
The serious rioting erupted on July 12, 2013, after police blocked a return leg of an Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shop fronts following a ruling by the Parades Commission.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC was told that Hughes was captured on CCTV between 9.05pm and 10.05pm "throwing bricks and stones at police on five occasions''.
"He made a full admission to throwing bricks and stones and said he was not aiming them at police officers but at police vehicles,'' said the prosecution lawyer.
A defence barrister said Hughes, an unemployed joiner, suffered from a "considerable misuse of alcohol''.
The judge sentenced Hughes to 30 months, with 15 months in custody and the remaining period to be spent on licence.