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Rioter jailed after being identified on CCTV footage

By George Jackson

A man who was recorded on police CCTV cameras taking part in a riot at the scene of a security alert in Londonderry last summer, has been jailed for six months.

A prosecution solicitor told Derry Magistrates Court yesterday that rioting took place last August 16 as police officers erected a protection system with their Land Rovers in order to shield army officers who had been deployed to the scene close to a bonfire at Lecky Road. The device turned out to be a viable improvised explosive device.

Jordan Kavanagh (21) from Clonelagh in the Skeoge area of the city was filmed among a crowd throwing stones and bottles at the police lines. He was identified when police officers viewed their CCTV footage of the disturbances.

Jailing Kavanagh for six months, District Judge Barney McElholm noted the defendant was under a number of suspended sentences at the time of his riotous behaviour. He later granted a defence application to release Kavanagh on bail pending an appeal.

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