Man (56) accused of participating in loyalist show of force may be released, judge judge
A 56-year-old man accused of participating in a loyalist show of force in east Belfast may be released, a High Court judge has said.
Derek Lammey was released on bail for his alleged participation in a rally of up to 60 masked men in Pitt Park on February 2.
Police and prosecutors claimed the group involved in the high-profile incident were linked to the UVF.
Lammey, of Spring Place in the city, faces charges of illegal assembly and brawl.
Stephen Matthews (58), of Pansy Street in Belfast, and his 34-year-old son David Matthews, of Millreagh in Dundonald, are charged with the same offenses.
The case against them is based on disputed identification evidence of PSNI operatives at the scene.
The three defendants deny any involvement and are not charged with any paramilitary offense.
Previous courts have heard claims that Lammey and Stephen Matthews were playing leadership roles as the group of men walked towards Pitt Park with faces covered in scarves and hoods.
It was alleged that 11 people living in the area fled their homes and took refuge at a nearby community center for eight days.
But defense attorneys insisted some residents came and went freely, bringing food and drink, playing loud music and behaving threateningly.
Lammey’s latest attempt to secure bail was challenged in court.
But with the other two defendants having already made successful requests, Judge Rooney ruled that he too could be released on strict terms.
Lammey was ordered to live at an address in Co Down and was not allowed to enter east Belfast or contact his co-defendants.
He is also prohibited from being in the company of three or more people in a public place.