Twenty two plead guilty to Belfast riot charges

A total of 21 men and a woman have admitted offences arising from serious rioting in Belfast a year ago.

More than 60 PSNI officers were injured during three nights of violence on streets close to Carlisle Circus.

The trouble began on Sunday 2 September, after a parade organised by the Henry Joy McCracken flute band.

Loyalists objected to the parade being allowed to go ahead without restrictions.

Pleading guilty to a single charge of riot were: Jonathan Airdrie, 23, from Rosebank Street, Dale Mason, 25 of no fixed address, Philip Allison, 20, from Carnrae Bend in Rathcoole, William Beck, 26, from North Boundary Street, John Blair, 37, from Ross House in Mount Vernon, Alan Brennan, 29, from the Larne Road in Carrickfergus, Andrew Campbell, 19, from Fernagh Drive in Newtownabbey, Judith Hawthorn, 34, from Florence Square, Simon Johnston, 28 from Donegall Avenue, Kenneth Kennedy, 29, from Sunningdale Gardens, Marcus Lamont, 23, from Ross House in Mount Vernon, James Mason, 28, from Queen's Drive in Newtownabbey, Kenneth Murphy, 42, from Eureka Drive, Jason McCormick, 39, from Enfield Street, Christopher McKay, 24, from Wallasey Park, Andrew McVeigh, 22, from Woodvale Park, Gareth Phillips, 31, from California Close, James Smyth, 19, from Tennent Street and Dean Watson, 22, from Shane Crescent.

Stephen Boreland, 50, from Lord St Mews, admitted encouraging riot while Logan McMullan, 20, admitted rioting in September but denied two further offences of resisting and assaulting police on 4 October.

John Crossett, 47, from Berlin Street pleaded guilty to attempting to cause criminal damage to a police Land Rover.

Dale Mason denied a charge of attempting to cause criminal damage to the Land Rover.

Two 27-year-old men, Aaron McCrory from Argyle Court and Stephen Worthington from Faburn Park, both Belfast, denied taking part in the rioting on 2 September.

Stuart McGrugan, 32, from Mallusk Gardens in Antrim denied attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The arraignments of two other Belfast men, David Nixon, 24, from Cosgrave Heights and Colin McAuley, 30, from Glencairn Way were adjourned.

For those who admitted the various offences, the judge ordered pre-entence probation reports and adjourned passing sentence until next month.

The trial for defendants who denied the offence is due to be heard in January next year.

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