Belfast Telegraph

Daughter of ex-RUC officer avoids jail for loyalist rioting

By John Cassidy

The daughter of a former Catholic RUC officer has had her sentence for involvement in loyalist rioting deferred for six months to help her beat her addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Judge Corinne Philpott QC told Judith Hawthorn: "I am giving you a chance to turn your life around.

"It is most important that you stay off alcohol and stop taking cannabis. If you don't I am sentencing you to 18 months.''

Hawthorn (34), of Florence Court, off Belfast's Crumlin Road, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to rioting.

She is the only female to be charged and convicted over the trouble which erupted on September 2, 2012. A Crown lawyer said Hawthorn was captured on PSNI video throwing two missiles at police lines and a third missile at republicans.

Sentencing was deferred until June 30 this year.

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