Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 2 August 2015

Man took supplies to July riot, court told

Published 23/08/2012 | 00:00

An alleged rioter brought supplies and filled bottles with paint to attack police during Twelfth of July disorder in north Belfast, the High Court has heard.

Christopher Stitt is also linked to a hijacked car later used in an attempt to shunt a burning vehicle into officers, it was claimed.

The 22-year-old, of Carrick Hill in the city, was said to have been identified among troublemakers in Ardoyne by a distinctive tattoo on his neck.

Stitt faces charges of riotous assembly, hijacking and attempted grievous bodily harm with intent over last month's violence.

He was refused bail yesterday because the marching season is still ongoing.

Twenty police officers were injured in clashes surrounding a contentious Orange Order parade and counter-demonstration by nationalist residents.

Opposing Stitt's application for bail, a prosecution barrister said he was identified by police on CCTV footage of the disturbances.

It was claimed that he was seen throwing missiles at police lines.

At one stage he allegedly brought supplies to those involved in the attacks, the court heard.

According to the prosecution, Stitt filled some bottles with brown paint at the scene.

The court heard that Stitt drove a hijacked car that was later used to ram another car at police lines.

Stitt was said to have given a prepared statement to police in which he accepted being the person identified by police.

However, he denies involvement in the alleged offences.

Despite arguments by his barrister, Lord Justice Coghlin refused bail, but added that a further application could be made once the marching season is over.

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