Teenager travelled to Belfast to take part in loyalist riot
Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30
A man who travelled from Co Armagh to Belfast to take part in a loyalist protest and threw around 20 missiles at police when it turned violent has been handed a 12-month sentence for rioting.
Elliott Gibson (19), from Weavers Lodge in Donaghcloney, will spend six months in a Young Offenders Centre followed by a furrther six on supervised licence on his release, after he appeared at Belfast Crown Court.
Serious disorder erupted in Belfast city centre on August 9 last year after loyalists protested against a republican anti-interment parade.
Gibson was present for around two hours and was captured on police CCTV throwing at least 20 bricks at police.
He was also observed pushing and kicking police shields, encouraging others in the crowd to riot and also being part of a group who tried to topple a police Land Rover.