Northern Ireland

Two remanded during 'contentious parades' period

Two men accused of rioting have been remanded in custody until all contentious parades are over.

Robert Daniel Darling, 31, of Cliftonville Avenue, and Emmet Doherty, 20, of Jamaica Road, both Belfast were refused bail at the High Court on Wednesday.

The pair were charged following the rioting at Ardoyne in north Belfast on the Twelfth of July.

The court heard the pair were arrested after being recognised on CCTV.

Opposing bail, lawyer Barry Valentine said that during the trouble 48 police officers were injured, including a WPC who was seriously hurt when a wall was toppled onto her.

He said 78 petrol bombs were hurled at police who fired 74 plastic bullet rounds.

Lord Justice Coghlin said he fully understood why people felt strongly about parades but the way to express that was through peaceful means and not to take part in crowd disturbances or riots resulting in injury and damage.

The judge asked if other contentious parades had still to come and when told that one was due on 28 August and another on 11 September he refused to grant bail.

"The applications can be renewed when these contentious parades are over," he said.