Belfast Telegraph

Teen duo on rioting charges denied bail

Two alleged teenage rioters were refused bail yesterday as a judge spoke of the "almost universal revulsion" at Twelfth of July violence in Belfast.

Ruairi Muldoon and Kevin McFall are each charged with riotous assembly, possessing a petrol bomb and throwing a petrol bomb.

The pair, both aged 18, are accused in connection with the serious disorder which erupted in the Ardoyne area in the north of the city.

Police came under sustained attack from mobs during three nights of trouble.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that Muldoon, of Fortwilliam Demense in Belfast, has made admissions over his involvement.

His solicitor, Billy McNulty, said he had identified himself on CCTV footage and co-operated with police.

But with police opposing bail due to fears of possible re-offending, Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer QC ruled that he should be remanded in custody.

He said: "I really can't conceive of circumstances where I can possibly entertain Mr Muldoon as a proper applicant for bail.

"The almost universal revulsion the community has expressed for the latest upsurge in public disorder is very much in my mind."

McFall, of Moyard Parade, Belfast, is also accused of committing a lewd act towards a female police officer.

The court heard McFall was charged after he was detained at the weekend in connection with a separate alleged attack on a taxi-rank office door.

Both accused were remanded in custody to appear again in three weeks' time on videolink.

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