Northern Ireland

Court told loyalist bonfire 'mob surrounded car'

A man has been remanded in custody in connection with an alleged hit-and-run at an "Eleventh Night" bonfire.

Dean Thomas Nesbitt, 29, of Violet Street off the Falls Road, faces charges including causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving.

Eleven people reported being hurt when a car drove into a crowd at a bonfire at Coolfin Street, the court heard.

A defence lawyer claimed a mob surrounded his car and he feared he would be murdered unless he drove away.

Mr Nesbitt was also charged with having no insurance and driving while disqualified.

A constable said the police opposed bail on the grounds they believed there was a risk the accused would not turn up for future court appearances or would re-offend.

The accused appeared in court on crutches and spoke only to confirm he understood the charges.

He was remanded in custody for four weeks.

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