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Cousins in court accused of rioting after republican anti-internment parade in Belfast

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/09/2015

Two cousins appeared in court today accused of rioting after a republican anti-internment parade in Belfast.

Christopher Burns, 31, and Bernard Burns, 21, were allegedly involved in street disorder that broke out in the north of the city on August 9.

Nine police officers were injured as the PSNI came under attack from petrol bombs, masonry and bottles.

The march had been stopped at the corner of the Oldpark Road and Rosapenna Street for breaching a Parades Commission determination over its timing.

A 60-strong crowd was then involved in violence that broke out an hour later, forcing the deployment of police water cannon.

Christopher Burns, of Rosapenna Street in the city, faces a single charge of riotous behaviour in a public place.

Bernard Burns, from Orchard Hill in Crumlin, Co Antrim, is accused of the same offence as well as assaulting a policeman and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in public.

He was allegedly carrying a bottle and a plant pot in the Rosapenna Street area at the time of the trouble, according to the charge sheet.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard CCTV evidence is expected to feature in the case against him.

Both men were released on continuing bail to return on separate dates in October.

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