12 April 2006

Twenty-three to face riot trial


A total of 23 people - including a boy of 13 - are to stand trial at Belfast Crown Court in connection with a riot in the north of the city last July.

Each of the defendants appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, where they were charged with riotous assembly on 12 July, 2005.

The charges arise from disorder at the front of Ardoyne shops.

The trouble flared when nationalists attacked police after an Orange Order parade passed through the area.

A crowd of men and teenagers attacked police lines at the shop fronts, pelting officers with bricks and other missiles.

A preliminary hearing was held at the Laganside Courts Complex before Magistrate Des Perry.

A prosecutor told the hearing: "The Crown submits that based on the papers, there is a case to answer."

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