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Man accused of making ‘rude hand gesture’ during parade is now charged with having a skateboard as an offensive weapon

A man accused of making a ‘rude hand gesture’ towards marchers with intent to provoke a breach of the peace during a Junior Orange Order parade in Portrush has now appeared in court charged with having a skateboard as an offensive weapon on another date.

Daryl Dooey (34), of Parker Avenue in Portrush, was previously charged with two offences relating to June 1 this year – disorderly behaviour and a charge of ‘doing a provocative act’. 

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The disorderly behaviour charge relates to Kerr Street in Portrush. 

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The particulars of the ‘Doing a Provocative Act’ charge are that he ‘made a rude hand gesture during a band parade with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or by which a breach of the peace or public disorder was likely to be occasioned’.

 It is understood the charges relate to an incident of which video and pictures were widely viewed after being posted on social media. 

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The images showed a man wearing sunglasses and carrying a skateboard at the side of the road as a parade passes by. 

Other images show the same man in the middle of the road in front of band members and he appears to have a finger raised in the air.

The case has now been mentioned again at Coleraine Magistrates Court where the defendant made a ‘first appearance’ in relation to other charges relating to other dates.

In relation to May 5 this year Dooey is charged with having a skateboard as an ‘offensive weapon’ at Station Square in Portrush.

He is also charged with assaulting a male occasioning him actual bodily harm and being disorderly on May 5.

Dooey is further accused of attempting to intimidate the complainant on two occasions – May 9 and May 10 – by approaching him and warning him to drop the original charge.

A prosecutor said the full file in the case is due to be submitted by the police to their department by mid-September.

The defendant was released on £500 bail and one of the conditions is that he is not to be intoxicated in a public place.

The cases have been adjourned to the end of September.

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