Three-year sentence for Twelfth riot thug
A Belfast man was jailed for three years yesterday for his part in a republican riot following an Orange Order parade.
John Joseph Russell (23) pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to rioting and possessing a petrol bomb in suspicious circumstances.
A prosecuting lawyer told the court trouble flared on the evening of July 12, 2011 after an Orange Order parade had passed through the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.
She said Russell, of Herbert Street, Ardoyne, was part of a crowd who attacked police lines with "missiles, stones, lumps of concrete, bottles, fireworks and petrol bombs" at Brompton Park and Estoril Park.
Russell was sentenced to three years, with one year in custody and the remainder on licence following his release.
Before being led to the cells, Judge Philpott QC told him: "This is your last opportunity.
"If you continue to mix with these sort of people you will be back here."