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FIVE protesters have been jailed for a combined total of over 14 years for their role in Kill the Bill demos in Bristol earlier this year.
Appearing at Bristol Crown Court today, the defendants had been told to expect prison sentences after four pleaded guilty to rioting and one to public indecency.
The five were arrested following protests in the city on March 21, which saw police vans set on fire and windows of Bridewell police station smashed. The events took place after thousands took part in a rally against the government’s policing Bill.
Judge James Patrick told the court today that the peaceful demonstration had become “hijacked” by an increasingly violent crowd.
He accused the defendants of “dehumanising” the police, after officers spoke in court of being “utterly terrified” and took a “deluge of physicial abuse” which they said also resulted in mental harm.
He then sentenced Kane Adamson, 21, of Romney Avenue in Lockleaze, to three years and six months in jail.
Brandon Lloyd, 21, of Greenlands Way in Henbury, was sentenced to three years and 11 months while Stuart Quinn, 46, of Thomas Street, St Pauls, was jailed for three years and three months.
The youngest of the five, Kain Simmonds, 18, of Stratford Road, Springfield, Birmingham, was sentenced to three years and three months in a young offenders’ institution.
Yasmin Schneider, 25, of Lamb Street, St Pauls, was given a five-month sentence after she was accused of urinating on a police officer and charged with outraging public decency.
More than 78 people have been arrested in total after participating in “Kill the Bill” protests.
At least 62 protesters were also injured by officers during the series of demos in March and April, according to campaigners.
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