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Woman rioter who 'mooned' at police in Belfast avoids jail

A woman has avoided jail for throwing a bottle and 'mooning' at police during rioting in Belfast.

Sharon Donley was handed a two-month prison term, suspended for two years, for her drink-fuelled antics on July 12.

Donley (26), of Upper Townsend Terrace, Belfast, pleaded guilty to riotous and indecent behaviour.

She was part of a crowd gathered on the Woodvale Road after an Orange parade was stopped going past Ardoyne.

Donley was seen drinking from a large cider bottle before throwing it at police lines, she then pulled down her trousers and exposed her buttocks.

She later accepted it was her in CCTV footage but could not remember, as she'd been drinking from the day before.

District Judge John Meehan held the offences passed the custody threshold.

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However, he also pointed to the "pathetic" circumstances of her alcohol dependency. And acknowledging she showed no politicised attitude, he imposed the suspended term.

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