Man in court after trouble surrounding Apprentice Boys' parade

A man accused of dragging a mother and daughter from their car during violence surrounding an Apprentice Boys' parade in Londonderry was caught on police CCTV footage, a court has heard.

Police were attacked by petrol bombs, missiles and a pipe bomb during the disorder on 13 August.

Brian Lynch, from Lisfannon Park, Derry, faces a number of charges, including hijacking, arson and riotous behaviour.

The 25-year-old was refused bail.

Vehicles were also seized in the Bogside area and burnt out during the trouble.

Belfast High Court was told Mr Lynch was allegedly identified by police monitoring a live viewing process from a police helicopter.

He was not located until he walked into Strand Road PSNI Station last week and, through his solicitor, denied involvement.

Crown counsel Kate McKay said on the day of the trouble a woman and her daughter were dragged out of their Peugeot car at St Eugene's Cathedral.

The stolen vehicle was located by a police helicopter, with the prosecution alleging that Lynch was a passenger in it alongside a co-accused.

The hijackers were seen abandoning the car and followed to an address in the Bogside.

Finger prints

"An attempt had been made to set the vehicle alight," Mrs McKay said.

She also told the court that blood and finger print samples recovered from it are to be analysed.

It was further alleged that Mr Lynch was later seen in the Fahan Street area with others who were carrying petrol bombs.

Opposing bail, Mrs McKay expressed concerns about the possibility of further violence at other Apprentice Boys' and nationalist parades to be held in the city next month.

A defence barrister disputed the quality of the CCTV evidence against Mr Lynch, claiming it was too poor to make a positive identification.

He also claimed police may have confused him with another potential suspect, and insisted the footage did not show his client doing anything illegal.

But Lord Justice Coghlin refused bail, describing how Mr Lynch had been charged in connection with "political violence".

Setting out the risk of further offences, the judge added: "That is particularly the case in relation to the ensuing period when, for reasons I'm sure escape many people who live in this community, these two groups insist on having their parades.

"They are entitled to do that and no one is entitled to interfere with them by violence, but one just wonders why this continues."

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