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PSNI officer was in fear for his life during east Belfast riot, court told

A police officer has told the trial of man charged with being involved in an east Belfast riot this year that he "feared for his life'' and that of his colleagues.

The PSNI sergeant was giving evidence at the Belfast Crown Court trial of William Henry Kerr (53), who is charged with riotous assembly in on January 5, 2013.

The jury watched a six-minute segment of the riot filmed from a police helicopter that night.

The officer told the jury that the defendant was among a crowd of between 20 and 30 people who had surrounded his Land Rover in the Templemore Avenue area.

He said Henry, of Demesne Drive, Ballywalter, Co Down, was beckoning the crowd to come over to his vehicle.

"The crowd was rocking the vehicle from side to side. If somebody had got the vehicle over I was very afraid for our lives."

He rejected claims by defence barrister Mark Farrell that Kerr was trying to act as a peacemaker.

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