Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey man gets jail sentence for rioting

Laganside courts complex
Image caption The case was heard at Belfast Magistrates Court

A Newtownabbey man who became embroiled in street disorder surrounding the union flag protests has been sentenced to jail for four months.

Jamie Robert Colgan, 23, admitted a charge of riotous behaviour in Newtownabbey in December.

He has been released on £500 bail after lodging an appeal against the sentence.

Colgan, of Tulleevin Drive, was banned from going within 500 metres of any parade or protest until his appeal is heard.

He was arrested along with other suspects following an outbreak of violence at Drumcree Place in Rathcoole on 8 December last year.

Days earlier, councillors in Belfast had decided to restrict the flying of the union flag at City Hall, sparking widespread protests, some of which were followed by violence.

Colgan must also stay in accommodation approved by police while on bail.