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Man disowns 'racist display' on Ballycraigy bonfire

By Nevin Farrell

Published 14/10/2015

A man charged in connection with an alleged hate crime at a loyalist bonfire - believed to be the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland -
A man charged in connection with an alleged hate crime at a loyalist bonfire - believed to be the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland - "disputes" he placed the controversial material on the huge pyre, a court heard yesterday

A man charged in connection with an alleged hate crime at a loyalist bonfire - believed to be the first case of its kind in Northern Ireland - "disputes" he placed the controversial material on the huge pyre, a court heard yesterday.

In a landmark case, Colin White (19) of Farmhill in Ballycraigy estate, Antim, was in the town's Magistrates Court accused of placing offensive material on an Eleventh Night bonfire.

The Ballycraigy bonfire made headlines around the world in 2014 for its sectarian displays. Specific details have not been outlined to court but it is understood the charge relates to an alleged racist display on the bonfire.

Colin White is charged with displaying written material intending that 'hatred was likely to be stirred up or fear was likely to be aroused' on July 11, 2014.

The case was adjourned to the end of October to set a date for a contest.

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