Northern Ireland

Man, 18, remanded over car hijacking in south Belfast

Laganside Courts
Image caption The man appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday

An 18-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a hijacking in south Belfast.

The car was taken on Monday in Pretoria Street in the Stranmillis area.

Steven Conor Nicholas McCabe, of no fixed address, was arrested after the vehicle was later discovered in Crumlin, County Antrim.

He faces counts of hijacking, possessing an offensive weapon, aggravated taking and driving away and common assault.

He is also charged with possession of Class B drugs and driving with no insurance.

A police officer told the court he believed he could connect Mr McCabe to all of the charges.

The court also heard that the victim of the hijacking was a young woman who had just passed her driving test.

She was targeted as she was parking her car, when she was approached by a man who threatened her with a knife.

The man forced his way into the car and drove a short distance with the woman inside the vehicle before letting her out.

The court was told that when police gave chase to the stolen car, several people were on board.

Mr McCabe was arrested in Crumlin after the stolen car collided with another vehicle, and according to police he "matched the description given" of the hijacker.

A defence solicitor for Mr McCabe said he denied any involvement in the hijacking or having a knife.

An application for bail was rejected and the accused was remanded in custody to appear again by video link on 20 August.