Belfast Telegraph

Man denies rioting at protest in Belfast centre

By John Cassidy

A Belfast man has gone on trial accused of rioting during a loyalist counter-protest against a a republican anti-internment rally.

Shane Murphy (26), whose address was given as c/o Patterson Taylor solicitors, Belfast, admits being present at the protest but denies a charge of rioting on August 9, 2013.

Prosecution lawyer Joseph Murphy told the jury at Belfast Crown Court that police in Royal Avenue were met with violence from some loyalists and were attacked with bricks and masonry.

He told the jury and Judge Gordon Kerr QC that Murphy was identified by a PSNI officer from images recorded by police at the riot.

The jury of 11 men and women watched CCTV footage of the disturbances in Royal Avenue including a recording of the defendant allegedly throwing a brick at police lines.

However, Murphy's defence team contends that it is a case of mistaken identity, that he was not involved in attacking police and that other people were present that evening.

The trial continues.

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