Pitt Park loyalist show of force accused of not changing bail conditions
One of the men accused of leading a loyalist show of force in east Belfast has failed in a further attempt to be allowed to return to the city.
Derek Lammey was denied permission to return home while on bail due to his alleged involvement in a rally of up to 60 masked men in Pitt Park.
Justice O’Hara ruled today: “The exclusion zone must not be reduced.
The 56-year-old, from Spring Place in the city, faces charges of illegal assembly and brawl in connection with the February incident.
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 three defendants deny any involvement and are not charged with any paramilitary offense.
But according to prosecutors, the group of masked men who arrived at Pitt Park are linked to East Belfast UVF.
Contested claims have been made that 11 people living in the area were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in the nearby Ballymac community center for more than a week.
A Crown attorney said: “There were pregnant women and children, they were afraid of the crowds. “
Lammey is currently on bail at an address in Co Down, with conditions including a ban on entering the area or contacting any other suspicious participants.
Opposing his request to be allowed to return home, the prosecution attorney asserted, “This plaintiff was one of three people who led the crowd to the center.
“Its presence in the region would aggravate community tensions. “
Defense lawyer Ian Turkington argued that there was no evidence of a risk of interference with witnesses.
He insisted that Lammey could be allowed to return home without having to travel near Pitt Park.
However, Justice O’Hara ruled that the current residency conditions should remain in place.
He added that Lammey can attend all medical appointments in East Belfast – provided he advises the police in advance.
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