Driver and passenger swapped seats during stolen car pursuit

Belfast Crown Court
Belfast Crown Court

Three brothers who have over 200 criminal convictions were jailed for almost four years yesterday after stealing a car, jumping seven red lights and nearly knocking down a pensioner.

In the dock at Belfast Crown Court were Peter Gordon, 30, of Antrim Road, Town Parks, Belfast, Jonathan Gordon, 27, c/o HMP Maghaberry, Anthony Gordon, 20, of Verner Street, Belfast, and mother-of-two Shauneen Thompson, 23, of Glandore Avenue, Belfast.

All four pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated vehicle taking of a Chrysler Voyager car which was driven dangerously on a motorway and around the streets of Belfast last year.

Stuart Purvis, prosecuting, told Judge Donna McColgan QC that the car was stolen from its owner in east Belfast around 4am on February 7, 2013.

He alerted police and shortly before 9am the car was spotted by PSNI officers on mobile patrol on the M2.

“Police pulled alongside the vehicle and officers indicated for the vehicle to stop but it refused,’’ said Mr Purvis.

The car was finally stopped in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast, but only after a chase through Belfast, the M2 motorway, Dundrod and Templepatrick. A police car was rammed during the chase and damage of more than £6,000 was caused.

The court heard that at one point during the pursuit the front seat passenger exchanged places with the driver which made it impossible for police to say who was driving the vehicle.

Jonathan Gordon was sentenced to 20 months in custody, Peter Gordon 15 months, and Anthony Gordon 12 months.

Thompson was given 18 months on probation.