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No bail for man found guilty of rioting after Mini-Twelfth loyalist parade

BY ASHLEIGH McDONALD

A man of 23 found guilty of rioting after a Mini-Twelfth loyalist parade last summer has been remanded in custody.

Roy Thomas Girvin, from Flora Street, denied being involved in riotous assembly with others at the junction of the Albertbridge Road and Castlereagh Street in east Belfast on July 2, 2012.

But a jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict yesterday after his Belfast Crown Court trial.

During the trial, the court was told that as tensions mounted, the situation deteriorated and police were attacked with missiles, bricks, bottles and fireworks.

A mobile police unit was video-recording the unrest from around 8.30pm and homed in on Girvan, who was wearing distinctive clothing. Girvan was captured taking items from a plastic bag and throwing them at police lines on three separate occasions.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland told Girvin he would be sentenced next month. A request for Girvin to be released on continuing bail was denied.

Judge McFarland said: "He will be going to prison for a substantial amount of time, so he may as well start that now."

Girvin will be sentenced on December 20.

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