Killyleagh riot: three in court

Killyleagh riot: three in court

19 September 2012

THREE Killyleagh men have appeared in court in connection with disturbances at a loyalist band parade in the town last month.

William Malcolm Healey (61), Warren McAllister (36) and Andrew Johnston (19) were charged at Downpatrick Court on Thursday in relation to incidents on August 11 following a parade organised by Killyleagh Apprentice Boys.

Healy, of The Anchorage, was accused of riotous behaviour in Cross Street, while McAllister, of Kerry Hill, was charged with riotous behaviour in the Central Bar and assaulting a woman, causing her actual bodily harm. Johnston, of Sloane Crescent, was charged with riotous behaviour in Cross Street and in the Central Bar.

A detective constable said he believed he could connect the three men to the offences. The defendants spoke only to confirm their names and to state that they understood the charges.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court the incident occurred when police were attempting to stop bandsmen entering a bar and that “pushing and shoving” led to public disorder. The lawyer added that a number of other people had also been charged in connection with the incident.

Deputy District Judge Eamon King inquired whether disciplinary action had been initiated by the loyalist band involved, but a solicitor said he did not know at this stage.

All three defendants were released on bail of £250. Conditions of their bail state that they must not be within 50 metres from a parade or take part in a parade, must not be under the influence of alcohol in public places or contact any of the witnesses or co-accused.

The case was adjourned until later this month.