East Belfast bin-burning riot thug jailed for 15 months
A young east Belfast man who was caught on police CCTV helping to tip a burning bin onto a road during a riot last January has been jailed for 15 months.
Judge Corinne Philpott QC told 20-year-old Scott Moore that instead of going home to Templemore Avenue after taking part in a peaceful flag protest, he joined a large number of rioters and was "constantly seen in front of police lines throwing eight missiles".
The Belfast Crown Court judge said the most serious part of his offending was encouraging others to help him push the bin onto the Albertbridge Road, with the only possible aim of wanting to cause damage to one of the main roads into the city centre.
Defence solicitor-advocate John Burke claimed Moore got caught up in a moment of madness, but nevertheless it was absolutely appalling behaviour that had no excuse or explanation.
Mr Bruke said Moore was a young man with a completely clear record, for whom there was no greater lesson than appearing in court knowing he faced a lengthy sentence. Moore pleaded guilty to rioting on January 5.