Glasgow & West Scotland

Republican march protesters guilty of 'mob' abuse

Two men who abused police as they waited to protest against a Republican march have been convicted of breaching the peace, with a racial aggravation.

Alan Williams, 38, and William Wilson, 52, were part of a 100-strong mob which attempted to break through a police cordon in Castlemilk, Glasgow.

They claimed the march, in September 2014, was disrespectful as it passed by the house of a soldier who had been killed in Northern Ireland.

Sentence on both men was deferred.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, both men accepted being at Castlemilk Drive and waiting for the march.

'IRA scum'

But they denied trying to break the cordon or shouting sectarian abuse, or inciting others to act in that way.

A number of police gave evidence at the trial, pinpointing Williams as the ringleader who ordered the 100-plus crowd to "charge" at officers.

The court also heard that Williams and Wilson chanted "IRA sympathisers" and "IRA scum" at police on the cordon and sang the Famine Song.

The trial heard that the march, which was due to move through Castlemilk to Rutherglen, had to be abandoned because of concerns for public safety.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart deferred sentence until next month.

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