Passenger in stolen car jailed for six months

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

A man who was a passenger in a stolen car shouted ‘up the joyriders’ when stopped by police, a court has heard.

Joseph Edgar was jailed for six month after he admitted being a passenger in a stolen car which later crashed.

Edgar, of Glenbank Park, pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated vehicle taking on February 25.

He had been released from prison just two weeks before committing the offences.

Derry Magistrates Court heard that injured party’s home was broken into in the early hours of the morning and his car was stolen.

Edgar was connected to the stolen car after his fingerprints were found on an item inside it.

When he was arrested by police he shouted ‘up the hoods’ and ‘up the joyriders’.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter said her client ‘went on a bender’ after being released from prison and was ‘completely out of control’

She said Edgar was offered him a lift in the stolen car but he was not involved in the theft or driving the car.

The barrister told the court the 21-year-old has ‘settled down’, hasn’t consumed alcohol since early August or committed any further offences.

Jailing Edgar, District Judge Barney McElholm said ‘car theft is an absolute plague on the community and joyriders as they are called are a menace’.

He added that ‘joyriding is a menace that needs to be stamped out’.