Crime: Pair appear accused of hijacking

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Two men have appeared in court accused of hijacking a car in the Little Diamond area of the city.

Brendan Meenan, (22), of the Simon Community and 23-year-old Patrick McCallion, of Methodist Mission, are jointly charged with hijacking the Kia Picanto car on August 20.

They are further jointly charged with driving whilst unfit, dangerous driving and having no insurance or licence.

Meenan is also charged with theft of a debit car and McCallion is accused of failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Derry Magistrates Court heard allegations that around 10pm the car was being drive towards the Little Diamond area. A man was allegedly stood in the middle of the road and told the driver to get out of the car ‘we are taking it’.

Two men then allegedly got into the vehicle and drove off at speed.

The car was observed by police on the Craigavon Bridge and was followed to Bonds Hill.

It is alleged McCallion was found in the passenger seat of the car and Meenan was seen running from the vehicle. He was arrested a short time later in the Primrose Street area.

The court heard allegations a debit card belonging to the wife of the alleged injured party was found on Meenan when he was searched by police.

During police interview, Meenan made no comment and McCallion claimed he had got a lift in the Kia Picanto from Burnfoot.

An investigating officer confirmed that neither of the defendants were picked out during an identification procedure.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said there would be no bail application for McCallion at this time. The 23-year-old was remanded in custody until September 1.

Applying for bail for Meenan, defence solicitor Keith Kyle said his client would adhere to any conditions the court felt necessary.

The investigating officer opposed the application and told the court the 22-year-old was only released from prison three weeks ago and has a relevant record.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail stating there is a ‘strong case’ against Meenan and his primary duty is to protect the public

He said this was a serious incident which would have ‘terrified’ the alleged injured party.

Meenan was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via videolink on September 11.