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Rioting accused must stand trial

A Belfast man accused of rioting and an arson attack must stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Patrick Joyce was in court alongside a co-accused alleged to have thrown a petrol bomb.

Both men face charges from the Twelfth of July last year.

Joyce (19), of Old Meade Travellers' Camp, Shore Road, is accused of riotous assembly and damaging or destroying a BMW car by fire.

Beside him in the dock at Belfast Magistrates Court was Christopher O'Hara.

O'Hara (36), of Gortnamona View in the city, is also charged with riotous assembly. He faces further counts of possessing and throwing a petrol bomb.

During a preliminary inquiry, District Judge Fiona Bagnall said there were cases to answer.

Both declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Judge Bagnall ordered Joyce and O'Hara to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed. They were released on continuing bail until proceedings get under way.

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