Northern Ireland

Man charged with Derry rioting

Accused also caused damage to police vehicle, court told

Derry Crown Court. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Derry courthouse. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

A man has been remanded in custody at Derry Magistrates Court charged in connection with the rioting.

David Montieth (36) of St Columb’s Wells in Derry appeared charged with riot on July 9.

He was also charged with criminal damage to a police truck and disorderly behaviour on Southway again on July 9.

He told the court that police were dealing with a security alert in the Southway area.

The court heard that during disturbances there police identified Montieth and observed him throwing masonry at them.

At one stage Montieth was alleged to have stood in front of a police vehicle and damaged it.

Police later chased the defendant and caught him and he was arrested.

The officer said that Montieth had made ‘some admissions’ during interview.

Bail was opposed.

Defence solicitor Keith Kyle said that Montieth had made admissions about his part in this incident.

The solicitor said that the defendant’s involvement in this sort of activity was “unusual”.

Deputy District Judge refused bail and Montieth was remanded in custody to appear again on August 8.