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Man who wanted bail to go on Jeremy Kyle Show for lie detector test is jailed again

A man who wanted out of prison to take a lie detector test on the Jeremy Kyle Show was jailed again today for shouting sectarian slogans outside Belfast City Hall.

Frederick Boyd received a three-month sentence after being convicted of disorderly behaviour and doing a provocative act while draped in Union flags.

A judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court told him: "Ordinary decent members of the public and those who choose to visit this city should be able to go about their business in a peaceful manner without being subjected to the type of sectarian taunts you issued on that day."

The 22-year-old scaled a pillar at the front of City Hall on January 23 and shouted obscenities at passers-by.

A crowd of up to 60 people heard him shout 'No Surrender', 'F*** the Pope', 'F*** the Falls' and 'Up the Shankill', the court heard.

He was also alleged to have made masturbation gestures at onlookers.

Boyd, with a former address at Mark Street in Newtownards, Co Down, was arrested after coming down half an hour later.

He claimed loyalist paramilitaries had put a gun to his head and ordered him to do it.

At a previous hearing his lawyer detailed alleged attacks on him while in custody over an unconnected incident.

The court was told then how 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.

During today's sentencing hearing defence counsel Michael Boyd described the City Hall incident as "completely bizarre".

He said: "Photographs were in the newspapers and members of the public appeared to be finding it rather comic, but it isn't.

"It caused serious disorder and could have caused even worse disorder."

According to Mr Boyd his client is an intelligent man when sober but remains troubled by a number of undisclosed issues.

However, Deputy District Judge Joseph McCrisken decided to impose concurrent three-month prison terms for both offences.

He said: "This was a serious sectarian and distasteful incident."

Boyd was granted bail pending appeal against the conviction. He is expected to maintain a defence of having acted under duress.

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