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'Idiotic' rioter recorded by police handed jail sentence

By Michael Donnelly

Published 10/09/2016

Joshua Ronald Gray (27) was told by Judge Neil Rafferty QC that
Joshua Ronald Gray (27) was told by Judge Neil Rafferty QC that "unfortunately, rioting in our society is an all too prevalent fixture in the last few years"

A Belfast man filmed rioting for over an hour in the north of the city last year has been handed a 15-month sentence.

Joshua Ronald Gray (27) was told by Judge Neil Rafferty QC that "unfortunately, rioting in our society is an all too prevalent fixture in the last few years".

The judge added that, having reviewed the papers and having considered defence submissions, it was "intolerably clear" Gray had been an active rioter, which "could not be overlooked".

Michael Madden, defending said that his client, who was filmed by a police camera, had readily admitted his role in the violence to officers and had described his conduct as "idiotic".

The defendant, of Silverbirch in the west of the city, pleaded guilty to a single charge of rioting on July 13, 2015.

He will serve seven-and-a-half months in custody, followed by the same period on licence.

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