Woman 'threw brick at police' and tried to 'seize officer's baton' during north Belfast disorder, court hears
A woman allegedly targeted police with a brick and tried to seize an officer's baton during street disorder in north Belfast, a court heard today.
Sarah Kelly Umney, 36, was arrested during trouble following a republican anti-internment parade on Sunday.
Nine PSNI officers were injured as police came under attack from petrol bombs, masonry and bottles.
The march had been stopped at the corner of the Oldpark Road and Rosapenna Street for breaching a Parades Commission determination over its timing.
A 60-strong crowd was involved in violence that broke out an hour later, forcing the deployment of police water cannon.
Umney, of Oldpark Road in the city, was detained along with three men aged 53, 24 and 21.
She faces charges of riotous behaviour, four counts of assault on police, resisting police and obstructing police.
Appearing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court, she spoke only to confirm she understood the charges.
A PSNI constable opposed bail, citing high tensions in the area.
She claimed Umney had been at the head of the crowd which attacked police with missiles, and antagonising officers verbally and physically.
The constable also alleged: "She attempted to pull a police officer's baton from their gun belt."
Umney ignored repeated warnings to back off and continued to run at PSNI lines, the court heard.
At one stage she was asked to put down a brick she had allegedly been holding.
"She told police to f*** off and threw the brick at officers," the constable claimed.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told the accused was then spotted trying to break up other masonry, with nearby children said to have been watching and then arming themselves.
Umney was eventually arrested but continued to struggle violently and tried to kick out at officers, according to the constable's account.
Despite the objections, Mrs Bagnall ruled that the defendant can be released on tight conditions to an address approved by police.
She ordered Umney to abide by a nighttime curfew and electronic monitoring.
The judge also banned her from being within 500 metres of any parade, protest or procession.
Umney is due back in court next month, when the 53-year-old man arrested on Sunday is also set to appear on charges of common assault and disorderly behaviour.
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