Frazer receives warning for flouting bail conditions

June 24, 2013

Prominent loyalist campaigner, Willie Frazer, has been warned by a Belfast judge about his continual flouting of bail conditions.  Judge Connor issued the warning to Frazer at a court appearance last Tuesday, following his arrest for involvement in a protest against plans to build a peace centre at the site of the former Maze prison.

It was the Markethill man’s second appearance in as many weeks for alleged breach of bail conditions, after police officers spotted him near two previous demonstrations on June 13th and 14th.

He is currently on bail after being charged with offences related to union flag protests. As part of his bail conditions, Frazer had been ordered not to go within two miles of public protests.

Police told Belfast Magistrates’ Court that officers had seen Mr Frazer at the site of the Maze protest.

According to police, the 53-year-old had tried to prevent officers handcuffing him, and verbally abused one officer, accusing him of being “a southerner and provo.” Placards were also found in Frazer’s car when he was arrested in Portadown last Monday night.

His defence lawyer insisted that his client took no active involvement in Monday night’s demonstration and maintained he was 10 or 12 miles away when he was detained.

District Judge Connor ruled that he had breached his bail conditions and said he was driven to the conclusion that Mr Frazer “is drawn to these protests, whether telepathically or otherwise.  Granting the loyalist campaigner bail again, the judge warned, “you cannot continue to flout these bail conditions”.