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Ardoyne rioting accused denied bail

A Lurgan man described by a lawyer as one of the most serious offenders during the riots in the Ardoyne area of Belfast on the Twelfth has been refused bail in the High Court.

Pearce Toman (25), from Drumnamoe Avenue in the Co Armagh town, was identified from a newspaper photograph and pictures from an Army helicopter, according to a prosecution lawyer who said the accused had thrown a petrol bomb and pushed a burning car at police lines.

It was also alleged that Toman had been seen near a stash of rioters’ petrol bombs.

The prosecution lawyer, who said Toman had travelled over 20 miles to put himself at the scene of a riot, opposed bail because of fears that the accused could re-offend.

Toman's lawyer said he denied he was the man in the photographs and claimed the only time he left his home in Lurgan on July 12 was to walk his dog.

Toman is charged with attempted grievous bodily harm, riotous assembly, possession of petrol bombs and throwing one of the devices.

Mr Justice Maguire said he was refusing bail because it was a sensitive time and there were a number of other parades coming up around the province.

Trouble flared in north Belfast on the evening of July 12 after a contentious Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops without incident.

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