Belfast Telegraph

Loyalist rioter who shone laser pen is caged

A 50-year-old loyalist jailed after being caught on camera for the second time at a riot has had his original community order sentence renewed.

As a result Stephen Simpson Boreland, from Lord Street Mews, Belfast, will now still have to carry out 200 hours community service when he gets out of jail in the new Year.

Boreland was one of 22 rioters being dealt with by the city's Crown Court after being identified from surveillance cameras during two days of rioting in the Carlisle Circus-Denmark Street area on September 2 last year.

He was originally given community service for rioting in the Newtownards Road area in June 2011, and completed just under 40 hours of the maximum order of 240 hours.

The Deputy Recorder, Judge Corinne Philpott QC, was told that during the rioting in the north of the city, Boreland was caught on camera shining a laser pen at police lines.

Judge Philpott told Boreland that although he was arrested three months later, and spent the next 10 months in custody awaiting trial, he had to go to jail, and sentenced him to 12 months custody, followed by 12 months supervised licensed parole.

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