Frazer freed following third bail breach

July 22, 2013

Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer was released on bail again on Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly breaching a ban on going near any public protests.

The 53-year-old had been detained in east Belfast following his attendance at Stormont for a special debate on Twelfth of July parading decisions.

Belfast Magistrates’ Court also heard how he confronted representatives of new political party NI21 in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings on Tuesday.

Frazer, from Markethill, is charged with encouraging offences by an address to union flag demonstrators in January.  He is also accused of three counts of taking part in an un-notified public procession, obstructing traffic in a public place, and possession of a prohibited weapon, namely a Taser stun-gun.

In March he was granted bail on a series of tight conditions including a ban being within two miles of public protests, demonstrations or processions.

On Wednesday he was returned to court for the third time for allegedly flouting those conditions.

Police claimed he was in breach by attending Stormont because a group of 40 protesters had gathered at the front steps of Parliament Buildings.

Although Deputy District Judge Bonita Boyd ruled that he had technically breached bail she agreed to release him again on the same terms.

Frazer is due back in court next month for an update on his case.