Six loyalist bandsmen breached ban on music
Six members of a loyalist flute band have been convicted of defying a ban on playing tunes outside a Catholic Church in north Belfast.
Even though half of the defendants had no instruments, all of them were found guilty of knowingly breaching the Parades Commission determination.
A judge accepted prosecution claims that they were "in it together" as a joint enterprise.
The six, all members of the Constable Anderson Memorial Flute Band from Larne, Co Antrim, each received a 12-month conditional discharge.
Prosecutions were brought following their participation in a Royal Black Institution march in August 2012.
Bands had been permitted to sound nothing more than a single drum beat as they passed St Patrick's Church on their route along Donegall Street.
Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court were: John Workman, of unknown age and from Craigy Hill; Michael Armstrong (23), of Garron Crescent; Stephen Read (37), from Station Road; Ryan Girvan (27), from Branch Road; Richard Todd (40) and Darren Lowe (42), both of Regents Park in the town.