SF councillor on Ormeau charge

A SINN FEIN councillor was in court yesterday arising out of disturbances during an Apprentice Boys parade on the Ormeau Road in Belfast earlier this month. Sean Hayes (39), whose Laganbank constituency takes in the Ormeau area, was charged with hindering the free passage of the parade by sitting on the road. James Davidson (31), from Upper Springfield Street, Belfast, faced a similar charge. Defence solicitor Joe McVeigh (Madden and Finucane) told the magistrates court that both defendants were denying the charge and added: “They wish to state that any offence that was committed was by the RUC against them.” The defendants were remanded on bail until October 15 to appear along with nine others who were in court last Friday on similar charges.