Man who asked for bail to go on Jeremy Kyle Show for lie detector test found guilty of shouting sectarian slogans
A man who wanted out of prison to take a lie detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show was convicted today of shouting sectarian slogans outside Belfast City Hall.
Although Frederick Boyd failed to turn up for his case a judge ruled there was enough evidence to find him guilty of disorderly behaviour and doing a provocative act.
A warrant was issued to have the 22-year-old arrested and brought before Belfast Magistrates' Court for sentencing.
During a previous bail hearing prosecutors said he scaled a pillar at the front of City Hall on January 23 while draped in Union flags and shouted obscenities at passers-by.
A crowd of up to 60 people heard him shout 'No Surrender', 'F*** the Pope' and 'Up the Shankill', the court heard.
Boyd, with a former address at Mark Street in Newtownards, Co Down, had claimed loyalist paramilitaries had put a gun to his head and told him to do it.
At that hearing it was claimed both Boyd and his grandmother have suffered beatings at the hands of paramilitaries.
He was allegedly further targeted and injured while in custody over an unconnected incident.
The court was told he was desperate to get out of prison so he could clear his name on those allegations by taking a lie detector test on Jeremy Kyle daytime television chat show.
Boyd had been granted bail last week on condition that his grandmother moved in with him at his new address in Larne.
But as the contested hearing on the City Hall charges was called today defence counsel Michael Boyd confirmed his client was not present.
"There was some sort of incident last night at his bail address, a fire was started outside the premises," the barrister said.
"He's been subject to paramilitary attacks in the past, but I'm not in a position to say if this was a life-threatening incident."
A prosecution lawyer pressed for the case to proceed in his absence.
CCTV footage and witness statements were available, she said.
After studying the material District Judge Rosie Watters confirmed: "There will be a conviction in relation to each of the offences."
She then ordered a warrant to have Boyd arrested.
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