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East Belfast firework rioter given four-month sentence in prison

By Alan Erwin

A rioter who threw a firework at police during trouble in east Belfast has been jailed for four months.

Imposing the sentence on Scott McCormick, a judge described his criminal record as "horrendous".

McCormick (27) became involved in disorder that broke out close to an interface in the east of the city last October.

Houses in the Short Strand were attacked with missiles as violence flared in the area.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard McCormick, of Lichfield Avenue in the city, was seen throwing a firework at police lines.

McCormick later identified himself on CCTV footage and admitted his involvement.

He pleaded guilty to charges of riotous behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon in public and obstructing police. A defence lawyer stressed that the incident had been alcohol-fuelled.

But after studying McCormick's previous offending, which included another rioting incident from 2012, deputy district judge Liam McStay said: "He has an horrendous record."

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