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Flag protester jailed for throwing missiles in Belfast

By Michael Donnelly

A 23-year-old Belfast man who admitted rioting during one of the city centre flag protests has been jailed for seven-and-a-half months.

Judge Corrine Philpott QC told Warren Hugh Anderson of Montrose Street that she found his claim that he had only been standing about "hard to understand".

The Belfast Crown Court judge said that not only was Anderson pictured rioting and supplying a bag of bottles for other rioters, he was also captured on film throwing nine missiles, including bricks, bottles and stones.

Judge Philpott said Anderson had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and had expressed remorse, but added that in the past he had been given community and probation orders for previous offending.

The judge said that he still had substance abuse and alcohol problems, and while he may have had drink taken on this occasion, it could not be said he was not "an actual participant" in the riot.

On his release Anderson, who admitted rioting on January 15, will serve seven-and-a-half months on supervised parole.

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