Marcher in dock after Republican parade in Viewpark

Republican marcher John Murphy in the offending uniform.
Republican marcher John Murphy in the offending uniform.

Police have hit out at the ‘unacceptable’ conduct of a man who wore a ‘paramilitary’ uniform during a Republican march in Viewpark.

John Murphy (39) is only the second person in Scotland to be convicted under Section 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

A member of the public reported him for wearing a black beret and boots during the parade in February this year.

Murphy, of Newarthill, was found guilty of wearing clothing that would cause people to suspect he was a member or supporter of a banned group, in this case the IRA.

He was admonished at Hamilton Sheriff Court after Sheriff Alastair Carmichael heard he had already spent two months in jail.

Detective Sergeant Anna Ripley, of Police Scotland’s organised crime and counter terrorism unit, said “Murphy showed flagrant disregard for his conduct, heading a public procession dressed in paramilitary uniform, and causing members of the public to complain to police about his appearance.

“Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and any contravention of the Act will be robustly enforced by Police Scotland.”

More on this story in this week’s Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.