Man ac­cused of sec­tar­ian tirade dur­ing Twelfth is re­fused bail

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BYALANERWIN

A MAN charged with ver­bally abus­ing po­lice af­ter be­ing told to pick up a smashed bot­tle at a Twelfth pa­rade must re­main in cus­tody, a judge ruled yes­ter­day.

Sam Robin­son was re­fused bail amid claims he called of­fi­cers “Fe­nian b ******* ” at the Or­ange Or­der demon­stra­tion in Belfast.

The 21-year-old, of Forthriver Road in the city, faces a charge of dis­or­derly be­hav­iour on the Up­per Malone Road.

Belfast Mag­is­trates Court heard po­lice had asked him to stop throw­ing bot­tles and to pick up bro­ken glass.

He al­legedly started shout­ing and swear­ing as fam­ily mem­bers tried to pull him away.

Ac­cord­ing to a PSNI con­sta­ble, Robin­son was flail­ing his arms around in an agi­tated state while still hold­ing the glass.

She claimed he con­tin­ued us­ing foul and abu­sive lan­guage, but due to the large crowd in the area he wasn’t de­tained un­til later on Thurs­day after­noon.

“He strug­gled again, shout­ing ‘Fe­nian b ******* ’,” she told the court.

De­fence solic­i­tor Paddy Hunt ar­gued Robin­son only had the glass in his hand be­cause he was do­ing what po­lice had asked.

But sug­gest­ing Robin­son may have been drunk at the time, District Judge Harry McKib­bin said: “This man is a to­tal nui­sance.

“I’m not let­ting him out at all... there’s a real like­li­hood of re­of­fend­ing.”

Robin­son was re­manded in cus­tody to ap­pear again by video-link on July 20.

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