Man who jumped from one police Land Rover to another during Twelfth riot is jailed
Published 31/10/2013 | 13:14
A man who jumped from one PSNI Land Rover to another during Twelfth of July rioting in Belfast was jailed for three months today.
James Moore waved an Ulster flag as he kicked out at police lines and tried to tear off a wing mirror amid disorder in the north of the city.
The 30-year-old, of Hillhall Park, Lisburn, Co Antrim, admitted charges of riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage.
Moore was part of a crowd gathered at Woodvale Road amid tensions over an Orange Order parade being banned from passing the Ardoyne area.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard that when later arrested and shown footage of the trouble he accepted his involvement, telling police he had been "blocked".
A prosecution lawyer said the CCTV evidence depicted him climbing up onto a Land Rover and then moving across to a second one.
He was banging and striking out at police whilst holding the Ulster flag.
Moore also attempted to hide his face with a Northern Ireland flag, the court heard.
He subsequently said he had been following a band on the day and taken too much to drink.
Defence solicitor Sean McCann argued that Moore's behaviour was less serious than those involved in missile and petrol bomb attacks on police.
"It really was not a situation of him being a leader or egging anyone one. It was pure stupid, drunken behaviour," the lawyer said.
However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall stressed her views were clear on those who become involved in public disorder.
She sentenced Moore to three months prison for the riotous behaviour and imposed a concurrent two-month term for the attempted criminal damage