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Three Belfast men accused of rioting on the Twelfth

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Three men were remanded into custody today accused of riot-type offences in Belfast during the early hours of the Twelfth.

The city’s Magistrates’ Court heard police were attacked by bricks, bottles and masonry as crowds of up to 200 people gathered at a sectarian interface.

One of those accused of involvement was allegedly seen throwing 16 items amid disorder near Lanark Way.

Sean Hyland, of Violet Street, Belfast, faces charges of riot, criminal damage to a PSNI CCTV camera and attempted criminal damage to a Landrover wing mirror.

Opposing bail, a police officer said the 22-year-old admitted to having drank 15 beers that night.

Also in the dock were Robert Hyndman, 33, of Oldpark Avenue, and Michael McDonnell, 34, from Wyndham Street - both in Belfast.

They are jointly charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage to a police Landrover in the Oldpark Road area.

McDonnell is alleged to have told police he had downed two ten-packs of beer and a quarter bottle of vodka.

The officer resisted their bail applications by stressing that tensions remain at the city’s interfaces.

Defence lawyers argued that as the subsequent Twelfth of July demonstrations remained peaceful the accused should be released.

But District Judge Ken Nixon ruled there was a risk of re-offending and remanded all three in custody to appear again next month.

Meanwhile, a Lithuanian man is to remain in custody charged with disorderly behaviour in the Sandy Row area of the city on the Twelfth.

Tomas Puida, 27, of Ligoniel Road in Belfast, is also accused of resisting arrest and two counts of assault on police.

He was not brought into court following an incident in the cells.

But after setting out how he had allegedly drank 10 bottles of alcohol a police officer said she would have no confidence in him abiding by bail conditions.

Puida was remanded in custody to appear again on August 7.

 

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