Jail term for rioter

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A 24-year-old man who was involved in rioting after the annual Apprentice Boys parade has been sentenced to 15 months.

Peter George Michael Carr, of Brandywell Court, pleaded guilty to attempted hijacking, possessing a petrol bomb, throwing a petrol bomb and aiding and abetting possession of a petrol bomb.

He also admitted charges of rioting, common assault and criminal damage on August 13, last year.

Passing sentence, Derry Crown Court Judge Piers Grant said the 24-year-old had “substantially contributed” to the “extensive public disorder” in the Bogside area of the city following the parade.

He said it was the “sort of disorder right thinking people hoped had ended a considerable time ago, given the current circumstances within the province”.

The court heard that Carr attempted to hijack a car on the Lecky Road during the incident.

He had a petrol bomb in his hand when he approached the car and demanded the keys from the female driver.

The court heard she was “very concerned for her safety” and the safety of her sister, who was a passenger in the car. The woman locked the car doors, however Carr continued to demand she hand it over and he put his fingers through a gap in an open window.

The 24-year-old then shook the window “with extreme force until it shattered” and the young woman drove off from the “very frightening experience”.

However, it was revealed Carr was identified by the passenger in the car and police were informed.

The defendant had also been caught on CCTV carrying a crate of petrol bombs, giving one to another rioter and throwing petrol bombs at police during the disturbance in the Bogside.

Judge Grant said that those who involve themselves in hijacking or petrol bomb offences “will inevitably receive a custodial sentence” to deter others from acting in the same way.

He told the court that while Carr had shown remorse, his actions on August 13 were “grossly irresponsible”.

The 24-year-old received a determinate sentence of 15 months, seven and a half months of which will be spent in custody with the remainder spent on licence.