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Man to stand trial accused of Union flag street disorder




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A man is to stand trial accused of involvement in street disorder surrounding the Union flag protests, a judge ruled today.

William Henry Kerr (52) faces a charge of rioting in Belfast earlier this year.

He was arrested in January during ongoing trouble connected to the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall.

Kerr, of Station Road, Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court for preliminary enquiry proceedings.

He declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage in the case.

Ruling that he had a case to answer, District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have him returned for Crown Court trial.

Kerr was released on continuing bail until the hearing gets underway at a date to be fixed.

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As part of his conditions he is banned from going near any protests and must abide by a night-time curfew.

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