Sunday 18 November 2018

Adair's brother jailed over Holy Cross riots

A BROTHER of UFF leader Johnny Adair was jailed for six months yesterday for riotous behaviour during the dispute at Holy Cross Catholic girls school in North Belfast last year.

James Adair (41), from Manor Street, Belfast, was also given a concurrent sentence of four months for obstructing police.

Adair had denied both charges at last month's hearing when he was remanded on bail for pre-sentence reports.

The prosecution said the offences related to day two of the Holy Cross dispute last September when riot police were on duty to stop the sectarian abuse hurled at parents and children going to the school.

The prosecution said Adair was among loyalist protesters and was seen throwing objects at the police. The group was pushed back and Adair tried to frustrate police by closing gates.

Defence barrister Mark Farrell said Adair was not present at the start of the riot and only joined it when he was asked to help.

Resident magistrate Mark Hamill said Adair was sentenced in 1992 to 14 years' jail for attempted sectarian murder, but he was released on licence four years ago.

Adair is expected to be released today after bail of £250 was set for appeal. But Mr Hamill ordered that pending appeal he must be in his home from 7pm until 7am daily.

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