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Rioter 'out for a laugh' on Twelfth sent to jail

BY MICHAEL DONNELLY

A self-confessed rioter who took to the streets "for a laugh" when an Orange march was restricted last July has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC told 27-year-old Andrew Lundy, from Mount Vernon in north Belfast, while he had been "sensible in pleading guilty at the first opportunity", he was bound by the Court of Appeal to pass a deterrent sentence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that police came under attack by a mob of up to 5,000 after they stopped a parade on the Woodvale Road on July 12 last year.

Police in full riot gear had to use a water cannon, and also fire off baton rounds as they came under attack from missiles, petrol bombs and fireworks.

The whole incident was captured on police CCTV and Lundy was seen throwing a number of missiles during the the two hours he was involved in the riot, and at one stage was pictured on top of a police Land Rover.

Lundy will serve half of his sentence in prison followed by a similar period on licenced supervised parole.

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