Page last updated at 11:27 GMT, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:27 UK

'Roma threat' accused given ban

House attacked in south Belfast last month
More than 100 Roma left their homes following attacks last month

A man accused of menacing Romanians out of their Belfast home has been banned from an area where the intimidation allegedly took place.

The exclusion zone was imposed on Shane Murphy, 21, of Donegall Road in the city as he was granted High Court bail.

Mr Murphy faces two charges connected to events which forced more than 100 Roma to flee last month.

He is accused of using threats or menaces against Romanians living at a house on Belgravia Avenue.

It is also alleged he shouted racist comments during a protest against the intimidation of foreign nationals.

Two youths aged 15 and 16 have also been charged in connection with the incidents which led to families leaving Northern Ireland and returning to Romania.

During Murphy's application for bail, Crown Counsel Conor Maguire said police were not opposing his release as long as a suitable address could be found.

He told the court the concern was to have the accused removed from an area around the Lisburn Road in Belfast.

Mr Maguire also sought an order for Murphy not to interfere with any witnesses.

"That was the reason for seeking an exclusion from that area," the barrister said.

Granting bail, Lord Justice Girvan directed the accused to live with a foster aunt at an address in Jordanstown in County Antrim.

The judge agreed to prohibit any contact with witnesses.



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