Northern Ireland

Teenager remanded on riot charge

A teenager has been remanded in custody accused of taking part in a riot which left eight police officers injured.

Corey Smyth, 19, from Juniper Park, Dunmurry, allegedly took part in rioting at Divis Street on Thursday night.

Eight police officers were injured when they were attacked during trouble at an anti-internment bonfire.

Belfast Magistrate's Court heard the accused was on bail awaiting sentence on a similar charge at the time.

A police constable told the court he believed he could connect Mr Smyth to the charge and also revealed that the teenager had broken the two conditions of his bail by staying out after curfew and consuming alcohol.

He agreed with the accused's solicitor that during police questioning Mr Smyth was "highly apologetic and expressed remorse" for his involvement.

The solicitor argued that despite a previous conviction for riot, allegedly committing the new offence while subject to a suspended sentence and awaiting sentence on another charge of riot, Mr Smyth could safely be released on bail.

Refusing the application, however, District Judge Bernadette Kelly said the risk of him committing further offences was not just a risk but a "virtual certainty".