Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

Flag protester had stone in pocket

Published 13/03/2013

A man who travelled from mid-Ulster to Union flag protests in Belfast must serve 18 months on probation for having a stone in his pocket.

David Rowe was said to have gone to the city as street disorder flared out of "nosiness".

The 20-year-old, of Old Mill Manor, Laurelvale, Tandragee, Co Armagh, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard he came from Portadown with his girlfriend and other friends to be a spectator at protests in the Albertbridge Road area on January 7.

He was stopped, searched and found to have a stone in his pocket.

It was not alleged that Rowe took part in rioting.

Judge McKibben imposed an 18-month probation order.

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