Man stole car 'to get home'

Man stole car 'to get home'

A man allegedly hijacked a car in an effort to get home, a court has heard.

While solicitor Paul Farrell told Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday that the incident was more akin to car theft, Detective Constable Hodge told the court the police and victim had a different view.

In the dock was 32-year-old Eamon Brown with an address at a Verner Street Hostel just off the Ormeau Road.

He is facing charges of hijacking the Vauxhall Vectra car, resisting police, drink driving, driving without insurance or a licence.

DC Hodge told the court he believed he could connect Brown to the charges and in objecting to a bail application, outlined how police feared that if released Brown would reoffend given the fact that he is on supervised parole for a previous offence.

He agreed with Mr Farrell that Brown had claimed he had been walking home in the rain, spotted the driver getting out and leaving the keys in the ignition so he had "opportunistically" got into the car without realising there was still a passenger in it.

While the solicitor said it was Brown's account that he was the victim of violence, DC Hodge said that "is not the view of the police" and that his alleged victim would disagree.

Refusing the bail application and remanding Brown into custody to appear again on 27 August via videolink, District Judge Bernadette Kelly said she "shares the officer's concerns".


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