Internment rioter said police spoiled his party


A man who was arrested for rioting in west Belfast last year on the anniversary of the introduction of internment said he attacked the police ‘because they were spoiling the party’.

Thirty-four year-old Daniel Curley from Beechmount Grove was held after he kicked and beat a policeman’s shield as the PSNI moved in to disperse a crowd of up to 70 people who were throwing bricks and bottles at their lines.

He pleaded guilty to rioting and resisting arrest on August 9, 2012

Prosecution lawyer Kirsten McKevitt told Belfast Crown Court on Thursday that after his arrest Curley said he had taken exception to the presence of the police because ‘they were spoiling the party’

Defence counsel Taylor Campbell said Curley’s generation didn’t see the internment anniversary as so much of an emotive date as older people and it was more of a party night than a protest.

He said Curley had quickly apologised for his actions which he bitterly regretted.

Curley was sentenced to complete 200 hours of community service and he was fined £250.