A MAN accused in connection with street disorder in Belfast had travelled from Laurelvale to attend a Union Flag protest, a court heard on Tuesday.
David Rowe was charged along with another man and two women following a fifth consecutive night of trouble.
The 20-year-old, of Old Mill Manor, Laurelvale, Tandragee, is charged with having an offensive weapon, namely a stone.
Belfast Magistrates’ Court was told he came from Portadown to be a spectator at protests on Monday night in the Albertbridge Road area of the city.
It was claimed that he picked up a stone and put it in his pocket before being stopped and arrested. A police officer alleged that a ski mask was also concealed down the front of his trousers. Rowe’s solicitor stressed that he was not charged with rioting which has flared over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast City Hall.
But District Judge Mervyn Bates refused bail after describing the risk of re-offending as “enormous”.
Rowe was remanded in custody to appear again next month.