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ELEVENTH RIOT ACCUSED 'LEADER'.

By ALAN ERWIN A TEENAGER accused of Eleventh Night rioting was among the main instigators of the trouble, a court heard yesterday.

James Brophy, 19, was identified from CCTV footage of the violence which broke out close to the New Lodge area of North Belfast, police said. He faces charges of riotous assembly, and possessing and throwing a petrol bomb.

Brophy, of Pilot Street in the Belfast Docks area, is also accused of assaulting a man and threatening to commit criminal damage to his home between July 11 and 12.

A police officer who connected him to the charges told Belfast Magistrates Court police opposed bail due to the risk of further offences.

She said: "There are five more parades due to take place throughout the summer.

"From viewing CCTV of the public disorder that took place on the Eleventh it would appear that the defendant wasn't just taking part, he was one of the main instigators."

Defence solicitor Billy McNulty rejected claims his client organised the street disorder.

He said "He accepted he was drunk and in his own words he was acting the idiot. But to say he was the orchestrator or a prime-mover in this riot I would take issue with."

District Judge George Conner commented that the instigators rarely end up before the courts.

Brophy was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link next month.
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