Glasgow & West Scotland

Republican march protesters sentenced over abuse

Two men have been sentenced for abusing police as they waited to protest against a Republican march in Glasgow.

Alan Williams, 38, and William Wilson, 52, were in 100-strong group that attempted to break through a police cordon in Castlemilk in September 2014.

They opposed the march as it passed the house of a soldier who was killed in Northern Ireland.

Both were convicted of breaching the peace with racial aggravation and told to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

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.

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