Loyalist flute band members acquitted of provocation

Friday 04 April 2014 17.05
11 men were acquitted of provoking a breach of the peace during incident in 2012
11 men were acquitted of provoking a breach of the peace during incident in 2012

Members of a loyalist flute band have been cleared of provocatively playing a sectarian tune at a Belfast flashpoint.

Eleven members of Dunmurry Protestant Boys loyalist band were accused of provoking a breach of the peace by playing a sectarian tune near St Patrick's Catholic church in Belfast.

The incident took place in November 2012 during an apprentice boys’ parade.

The bandsmen all denied the charges claiming that they had actually been playing the Beach Boys hit, Sloop John B. 

After hearing the evidence, the judge at Belfast Magistrate’s Court acquitted all the loyalist bandsmen saying it could not be proven that a breach of the peace was either intended or likely.