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Twelfth 2015: Orangeman regrets 'attempted murder' car incident that broke 16-year-old girl's pelvis, is granted bail

Meanwhile petrol bombs have been thrown in a second night of rioting, teenage girl arrested

By Rebecca Black and Claire Cromie

An Orangeman charged with attempted murder after hitting a 16-year-old girl with his car during Twelfth Night disturbances has been released on bail.

John Aughey (61), from Ballysillan, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning facing two charges of attempted murder.

Phoebe Clawson from north Belfast suffered a broken collarbone, broken pelvis and broken ankle when she became trapped under the vehicle outside the Ardoyne shops. Police officers had to lift the car to rescue her.

Dressed in a dark coloured polo shirt he spoke only to confirm he understood the charges.

His solicitor described the incident as regrettable and said his client has spoken of his regret at all stages.

It also emerged in court that Aughey is recovering from cancer and is the main carer for his seriously ill wife.

A number of supporters turned up in court to support Aughey. They watched the case in silence.

A police sergeant opposed bail, however District Judge Fiona Bagnall allowed bail with several conditions.

Aughey is to reside at a given address outside Belfast and is excluded from north Belfast, apart from attending medical appointments.

He is also not to go within 500 metres of a parade, procession or protest and he is barred from driving.

Aughey must also report to a local police station every week and has a curfew of 11pm each night.

He is due to appear before court again on August 12.

Second night of rioting

Meanwhile two police officers have been injured during a second night of rioting in north Belfast.

The PSNI officers were injured by bottles that were thrown at them by youths in the Woodvale Road area.

"Four or five" petrol bombs and masonry were also thrown on Tuesday night and into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour.

She was charged on Wednesday afternoon and is due to appear at Belfast Youth Court on Monday August 10.

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

A young male was taken home and cautioned when he was discovered with a pocket full of bottles.

Duty Inspector Michael White said: "Police remained in the area while calm was restored. The 16-year-old female is currently assisting police with their enquiries."

Tricolour drive-by

In a separate incident, two men aged 38 and 37 have been charged with a "provocative act" - driving past Twaddell with a tricolour - on Tuesday evening.

They are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

The 38-year-old man has also been charged with dangerous driving, no driving licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

Derry trouble

Police in Londonderry dealt with minor disorder in the Leckey Road and Collon Lane area on Tuesday night.

Youths set pallets and rubbish on fire in the Leckey Road and Westland Street areas.

Police responded immediately and a number of petrol bombs and missiles were thrown at them.

Four young males, one aged 14 and three aged 16, were arrested in the Westland Street area on suspicion of riotous behaviour. They were subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 16-year-old male was arrested in the Collon Lane area on suspicion of disorderly behaviour.  He has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

A crate of petrol bombs and number of other items were seized by police.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said: “The prompt actions of our officers prevented a reoccurrence of the disorder we saw the previous night.  It is concerning to see teenagers, some as young as 14, getting caught up in this violence and I appeal to parents to make it their business to know where their children are and what they are doing. Young people need to listen to our message - you run the very real risk of being arrested and getting a criminal record which could affect your life for a very long time.

"I appeal to anyone with any information about those involved in the disorder last night to contact police at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101."

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