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A man charged with throwing petrol bombs during rioting in Londonderry last July was identified partly due to his distinctive underwear, a court has heard

A man charged with throwing petrol bombs during rioting in Londonderry last July was identified partly due to his distinctive underwear, a court has heard

A man charged with throwing petrol bombs during rioting in Londonderry last July was identified partly due to his distinctive underwear, a court has heard

A man charged with throwing petrol bombs during rioting in Londonderry last July was identified partly due to his distinctive underwear, a court has heard.

John Paul Moore (22) - who is charged with possessing two improvised explosive devices - was so drunk "he could not spell I.E.D", his lawyer said.

The defendant, from Carleton Court in Derry, is also charged with indecently exposing himself to female police officers during the Bogside disturbances.

And he is charged with making, possessing and throwing petrol bombs at officers during the disturbances in Fahan Street in the early hours of July 13, and with disorderly behaviour.

Opposing bail at the Magistrate's Court in Derry yesterday, a police officer told the court the defendant was filmed throwing petrol bombs at police.

On one occasion the defendant was hit with a plastic bullet. He then removed a balaclava from his head.

He was also seen wearing distinctive underwear and trainers. During a lull in the rioting, he changed his clothes but did not change his underwear nor his trainers.

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The police witness said the defendant was also recorded throwing two improvised explosive devices - aerosol cans with a fuse attached - at police lines.

Applying for bail, defence barrister Stephen Mooney said the offences were exceptionally serious and there was a prima facie case against the defendant.

He said during the rioting the defendant "was so inebriated that he could not spell I.E.D".

Bail was refused.


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