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'Buckfast' rioter gets six-month jail term

By John Cassidy

A north Belfast man has been jailed for six months after he was caught on film dancing on top of police Land Rovers while drinking from a bottle of Buckfast wine.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Craig James Barr (20) was later identified from the footage "when his mask literally slipped".

Barr, of Ligoniel Road, pleaded guilty to rioting during the Twelfth of July parade on the Woodvale road last year.

Rioting erupted after the return journey of a feeder parade by Ligoniel Orangemen was blocked from walking past the Ardoyne shopfronts by police, following a determination by the Parades Commission.

Belfast Crown Court heard 20 police officers were injured and two were hospitalised during rioting, which started at 4pm and lasted until 4am the following morning.

The deputy Belfast Recorder said Barr was a vulnerable man with mental health issues, which included depression and attempted suicide. Judge Philpott QC sentenced Barr to two years, with six months to be spent in custody and 18 months on licence.

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