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Man guilty of throwing brick at police in Belfast riot

By John Cassidy

A Belfast man has been found guilty of rioting during a loyalist counter-protest against a republican anti-internment rally.

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

The jury, sitting at Belfast Crown Court, found him guilty by a unanimous verdict following a two-day trial.

At one point, the jury returned to the court after requesting to view police CCTV footage of Murphy's presence at the protest.

Murphy had been recorded throwing a brick at police lines during the loyalist riot in Royal Avenue. His defence team had argued that it was a case of "mistaken identity''.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell asked that Murphy be released on continuing bail pending sentence. However, Judge Gordon Kerr QC refused bail and remanded Murphy in custody to be sentenced next month. The trial judge also ordered the preparation of pre-sentence report.

As he was being led to the cells handcuffed to a prison officer, Murphy's partner sobbed in the public gallery.

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