Northern Ireland

Spanish man on Ardoyne rioting attempted murder charge

Roger Jorro Costa is accused of trying to kill the officer
Image caption Roger Jorro Costa is accused of trying to kill the police woman during rioting in Ardoyne

A Spanish man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police woman during trouble in north Belfast on 12 July.

Roger Jorro Costa, 28, who is originally from Barcelona, but has an address at Ulsterville Avenue in Belfast, is accused of trying to kill the officer during rioting in Ardoyne.

The police woman suffered head injuries after a concrete block was thrown from the roof of Ardoyne shops.

Mr Costa was remanded in custody.

A detective sergeant told Belfast Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the accused - who also faces a charge of riotous assembly - to the charges.

Bail will be set at a later date.

An Orange Order march through Ardoyne on 12 July was followed by three nights of rioting.

A second man was also in court on four charges arising out of the same street violence at Ardoyne.

Damien Power, 26, from Rossnareen Avenue, Belfast, was charged with riotous assembly, assaulting a police officer, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to another officer and possessing a plank as an offensive weapon.

Mr Power was further charged with assaulting four police officers last weekend and attempting to damage a police vehicle.

He was remanded in custody to appear again by video link on 20 September.