Belfast Telegraph

Father-of-five denies east Belfast rioting charge

By Ashleigh McDonald

A father-of-five has denied rioting during street disorder that erupted in east Belfast during last year's 12th of July parade.

A short video was played to a jury at Belfast Crown Court, which showed a dark-haired man wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and sunglasses picking up several bottles during a riot that broke out in the Newtownards Road area of the city.

The footage also shows the man – whom the Crown claims is William Stevenson (44), a welder from Shore Crescent in Belfast – throwing several bottles at police lines over a short period on the evening of July 12 last year. Stevenson, who is originally from Glasgow and has a clear record, was arrested on February 5.

During police interviews, he denied he was the man in the film.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell called Stevenson to the witness box, where he emphatically denied it was him in the footage. And when it was suggested to him by the Crown that it was him in the footage, Stevenson replied: "Absolutely not."

At hearing.

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