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Man jailed for attacking police screen accuses lawyer of lying

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A man who attacked a screen separating rival factions during Twelfth of July disorder in east Belfast was jailed for three months yesterday.

Ian Ogle was captured on police footage taking part in the trouble for up to an hour.

The 40-year-old, of Medway Street in the city, pleaded guilty to a charge of riotous behaviour.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard how street disturbances last July were linked to a prohibition on an Orange Order march through Ardoyne.

As another parade passed along the Newtownards Road in the east of the city missiles were thrown into the nationalist Short Strand district, a prosecution lawyer said.

Ogle interjected from the dock at this point, shouting: “That’s a lie. Tell the truth if you’re going to say anything.”

After he was ordered to be quiet the court was told retaliation missiles were hurled from the Short Strand, sparking further violence.

According to the prosecution Ogle was part of a group of men seen attacking a screen erected to keep the two sides apart. He was also said to have been aggressive and shouting at police.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey insisted that his client pushed rather than attacked the screen.

He said Ogle took issue with the alleged sequence of events.

“Bottles of urine and paint bombs were thrown at people on his side. That’s why he’s annoyed,” Mr McConkey told the court. The barrister added that Ogle had thrown nothing and caused no injuries by his actions.

Passing sentence, Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter acknowledged the early guilty plea.

But he confirmed: “There’s no doubt of his involvement in a riot. This is a case which inevitably meets the custody threshold.”

 
 
 

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