‘Disgraceful’ loyalists sentenced for incident at Catholic church

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Four people involved in an incident which occurred as a band parade walked past a Catholic church in Belfast were yesterday branded a “disgrace” by one of Belfast’s top judges.

Judge Corinne Philpott QC spoke of “anti-social behaviour bubbling under the surface” and praised the actions of the police for “quickly quelling” the situation.

A Crown prosecutor told Belfast Crown Court that trouble flared on Belfast’s Donegall Street on August 25, 2012 when a band parade made its way past St Patrick’s Church. A Scottish man who has already been dealt with in Belfast Magistrates’ Court approached a group of nationalist protestors and walked into their banner, which said ‘Respect Our Community’.

 

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