Northern Ireland

Stolen van accused had been bailed 24 hours earlier

Belfast high court
Image caption The High Court was told that Darren Porter's father had been murdered

A teenager accused of being in a stolen van that rammed police had been bailed 24 hours earlier, a court has heard.

Darren Porter, 19, of Hillsborough Road, Carryduff, County Down, and the co-accused driver were arrested after officers pursued the Citroen vehicle in Lisburn, County Antrim last week.

The van had been driven so dangerously by the other suspect that motorists had to swerve out of its way.

Mr Porter denies knowing the van had been stolen.

He faces charges of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle, having a small quantity of cannabis, and handling stolen goods.

During his bid to be freed from custody it emerged that he had been released on police bail the day before for other unrelated matters.

A defence barrister told the High Court that Mr Porter's father was murdered when he was young.

"He was, I believe, shot in the house," the lawyer said.

"He was involved in various businesses in the Ards area. I think there was some sort of feud, although I don't think he was directly involved."

Details were given to illustrate Mr Porter's difficult childhood.

But according to his defence he has recently gained work with a mechanic, strengthening his bid to be released on bail.

Mr Justice Deeny adjourned the application until more information is made available.