Men in court in connection with Derry hijacking

Two men, aged 20, have appeared in court in connection with a hijacking in Londonderry at the weekend.

Ryan McGlinchey, from Benview estate in Coshquin, and Vincent Gill, from Sackville Court, deny a total of 18 charges each, including hijacking, arson, robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent.

The charges related to a hijacking in the De Burgh Terrace area of the city on Sunday morning.

Both men were remanded in custody.

Appearing in Londonderry Magistrates' Court, Mr McGlinchey and Mr Gill were jointly charged with assaulting a member of Christchurch choir, attempting to hijack her car and with attempting to rob her.

They are further charged with assaulting Thomas Agnew outside his De Burgh terrace home and with hijacking his Peugeot van.

The court was told by a police officer that the choir member, a 71-year-old woman, had fought off two men attempting to hijack her car as she parked her car in the church car park on Sunday morning.

The two men are also face accused of a number of driving offences, including dangerous driving, driving without insurance and without a licence, driving while unfit due to alcohol or drugs and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.