Moss Park riot accused would ‘not be a hero in the area’ - judge

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A judge has refused to allow a Derry man who is charged with rioting in the city to return to live at his home which is close to the scene of the disturbances.

Mr Justice Weir said he had seen TV reports of several nights of trouble in the Glengalliagh area of the city and it was clear that residents had had enough and had sustained damage to their property.

He said that 43 year-old Seamus Bradley from Moss Park would “not be a hero in the area and his face would not be appearing in any murals”.

He told Bradley: “You’re a bit long in tooth for this sort of thing. You’d think you would have learnt a bit more sense by now”. Bradley is charged with riotous behaviour, attempted criminal damage of a police landrover, assaulting and resisting police and obstructing PSNI officers.

A prosecution lawyer said police had been called to the Glengalliagh area in the early hours of last Friday to deal with reports of ongoing disturbances. He said a crowd of between 40 and 50 people were throwing missiles at police. The trouble which went on for three consecutive nights had stemmed from attempts to build a bonfire as part of an anti-internment demonstration, he said.

The lawyer said Bradley had been identified as a man who twice threw objects at police and after he was arrested he punched out at PSNI officers. Bradley told police he had been drinking and didn’t remember if he had done anything.

Police objected to bail saying tensions were still high in the area.

The judge said he would consider granting Bradley bail if he could provide another address in the city. He adjourned the hearing until Friday.