Jail for thug who urged children to join rioting
An "enthusiastic rioter" who was captured on police footage directing two children to throw missiles at police lines during trouble at a north Belfast interface has been jailed for four years.
Dale Paul Andrew Mason was one of a large group of loyalist rioters caught on CCTV pelting both the police and a rival faction with masonry and other missiles in the Carlisle Circus area of the city on September 2 last year.
Trouble flared at a republican parade, and police made a number of arrests. Mason (25) is one of 22 people who have or will be appearing in court on charges connected to public disorder on the day.
The defendant is from the Shankill area but his address was given as no fixed abode.
Sentencing the father-of-two to four years in custody, Judge Corinne Philpott QC said the worst aspect of Mason's actions last September was directing two youths to throw missiles.
Mason will serve half of his sentence in custody, with the remaining half on licence.
Also appearing in court on a charge arising from the same incident was John Crossett (48) from Berlin Street in Belfast. Crossett was captured on CCTV attempting to cause criminal damage to a police Land Rover at Carlisle Circus.
Handing Crossett a two-year probation order, Judge Philpott QC said: "This was a very stupid thing to do."