Man charged with Belfast knifepoint hijacking


A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with a hijacking in Belfast, during which a female motorist had her car taken at knifepoint, has appeared in court.

Steven James Patrick Fegan, from Sliabh Dubh View in Belfast, appeared at the city’s Magistrates’ Court. He has been charged with a range of offences arising from an incident on Friday July 25 when an Audi A3 was stolen then abandoned.

Fegan faces a total of eight charges, including aggravated vehicle taking in which the vehicle is driven dangerously, and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, namely a knife. He has also been charged with false imprisonment, hijacking, dangerous driving, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.

Although no details of the alleged offences emerged during the brief hearing, it is understood that Fegan was arrested following the hijacking of a vehicle in the New Barnsley Park area of west Belfast.

The vehicle was stolen when a man armed with a knife approached the female driver and forced her to get out of the vehicle. The car was then driven from the scene and was later found abandoned in the La Salle Drive area of the city.

A defence barrister for Fegan told district judge Fiona Bagnall that there would be no application for bail. Fegan was remanded into custody for four weeks and will appear at the same court on August 20.