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First flag row thug is jailed

By George Jackson

The first person to be jailed as a result of the loyalist Union flag protests in Londonderry has been handed a nine-month sentence at the city's Magistrate’s Court.

David Baronowski (21), from Killymallaght Road in Cullion, pleaded guilty to committing a charge of disorderly behaviour outside the the offices of Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson just hours after the offices were officially opened on January 9.

Jailing Baronowski for nine months, District Judge Barney McElholm described his behaviour during the protest — as well as during other public disorder offences — as outrageous, provocative, disgusting and sectarian.

“These types of protests are clearly unlawful and they are getting worse as time goes on,” the judge said.

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