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Scots junkie jailed over riot in Belfast on Twelfth.


A HEROIN addict from Scotland who danced on top of a police Land Rover during a riot was handed a three-year sentence yesterday.

Alexander Bain, 53, was described as a "main aggressor" in a crowd of loyalists who attacked PSNI lines last summer.

A court heard trouble flared in the Woodvale and Twaddell area of North Belfast following a ruling by the Parades Commission.

It did not allow a loyalist flute band to walk past the Ardoyne shop fronts on its return journey on July 12.

During intense rioting, police were pelted with petrol bombs, masonry, bottles and other missiles.

Around 20 officers were injured, five of whom were hospitalised.

Crown prosecutor Robin Steer said Bain, who was hit with a plastic bullet, was involved in several incidents. He climbed on top of a police Land Rover where he danced on the roof of the vehicle, kicked a metal grill and gestured he was urinating on officers.

When warned about his behaviour, Bain used aggressive language and gestures towards police. The accused, from Hillpark Drive in Glasgow, also bared his bottom at officers, kicked a police shield, threw several missiles at manned lines and struck a PSNI vehicle with a large pole.

The defendant was arrested two days later but had to be taken to hospital where he was treated for his bullet wound, which became infected.

During sentencing at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Gordon Kerr accepted Bain has addiction and health issues but said due to his actions "this man must go to prison."

The accused will spend 15 months in custody with a further 15 months on supervised licence upon his release.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 21, 2014
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