Northern Ireland

Belfast Orangeman denies Ardoyne collision charges

Police officer in riot gear
Image caption Police on duty at the north Belfast flashpoint last July

An Orangeman who was arrested after his car collided with a group of pedestrians in north Belfast is to stand trial later this year.

John Alexander Aughey denied seven charges arising from the incident.

He is accused of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to a teenage girl who got trapped underneath his car at the Ardoyne shopfronts.

The collision occurred on the evening of 13 July last year.

Parades Commission

It followed a Parades Commission determination not to allow an Orange Lodge and flute band to walk past the shopfronts on their return journey.

The 62-year-old, from Brae Hill Park in the Ballysillan area, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he denied causing injuries to the teenager by driving dangerously on the Crumlin Road.

Mr Aughey also denied six other charges relating to the incident, including grievous bodily harm and common assault.

The case is due to be reviewed at the same court on 20 May, with the trial date set as 12 September, 2016.

Mr Aughey was released on continuing bail.

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