22/11/2012

Man Guilty Of Offences During Covenant Day Parade

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court accused of drunkenly antagonising nationalist residents during the Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast.

Police on duty at the parade in the city arrested James Symington, of no fixed address, on 29 September.

At Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and possession of Class B drugs.

He was given a three-month suspended jail sentence.

Obscenities

The judge was told that on the day of the parade police escorted Symington - who was wearing a Linfield top - away from the Donegall Street area in a bid to defuse tensions.

Prosecutors said he then started swearing and shouting obscenities at a PSNI officer.

Searches revealed a small plastic bag containing suspected herbal cannabis in his pocket.

(H)


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