Men accused of rioting at Belfast loyalist flag protests will stand trial, judge rules
Two men are to stand trial accused of rioting during loyalist flag protests earlier this year, a judge ruled today.
Nicholas Reilly faces charges connected to street disorder in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on January 30.
The 22-year-old, of Copeland Road in the town, is accused of riotous assembly, damaging a police cell van, and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a mallet.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he is alleged to have thrown a concrete brick at a police inspector's head during trouble.
Also appearing at separate preliminary enquiry proceedings was Neil Nabney.
The 33-year-old, with an address at Enler Park Central, Dundonald, faces a single charge of riotous assembly in Belfast on January 5.
At the time violence flared on the streets over a decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall.
Neither defendant gave evidence or called any witnesses during hearings to establish if they have a case to answer.
Deputy District Judge Bonita Boyd granted a prosecution application for both men to be returned for trials at Belfast Crown Court.
Each of them were released on continuing bail until those hearings get underway.
Belfast Telegraph Digital