Northern Ireland

Brothers in court over PSNI assault in west Belfast

The scene at the Suffolk Inn car park
Image caption The officer was hurt while trying to stop a Renault Megane in the car park of the Suffolk Inn

Two brothers have appeared in court accused of hijacking a car after a PSNI officer was injured by a stolen car.

Joseph and Michael McManus were arrested following police attempts to stop a Renault Megane on Saturday.

The brothers, both of Orchard Hill, Crumlin, County Antrim, are each charged with aggravated vehicle taking and assault on police.

The officer sustained chest injuries during the incident outside the Suffolk Inn on Suffolk Road, west Belfast.

Joseph McManus is also accused of driving while unfit through drink or drugs, causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, and failing to stop for police.

A detective told Belfast Magistrates Court she could connect both suspects to the alleged offences.

With Joseph McManus making no application for bail, he was remanded in custody to appear again by video link later this month.

His brother had appeared in court on police bail following the weekend incident.

Michael McManus was released again to return again in eight weeks time.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered him to have no contact with any prosecution witnesses.

He was also subjected to a curfew, electronic tagging and banned from being in a motor vehicle unless accompanied by a parent or solicitor.

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