Riot fears raised at bail hearing
A crown barrister spoke of "real and ongoing concerns with regard to public order" in Belfast ahead of next weekend's internment march during a bail application in the High Court yesterday.
The concerns were expressed during an application held on behalf of Michael McDonnell (35), from Wyndham Street.
He is in custody accused of pelting a police Land Rover with missiles in the Oldpark area of the city early on July 12. He was subsequently arrested for riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage – charges his barrister said he denies.
It emerged that the alleged offences were committed whilst McDonnell was on probation.
When he was arrested, McDonnell said he had drunk two ten-packs of beer and a quarter bottle of vodka. Objecting to bail, prosecutor Fiona O'Kane said: "There is an internment march taking place next week and there are still real and on-going concerns with regard to public order in that area at this time of year."
Mr Justice Horner said he was minded to grant bail, under strict conditions, if there was a "positive" probation report.
He will review the case again on Monday.