Belfast man accused of imprisoning vulnerable teenage girls

editorial image

A man has been remanded into custody accused of imprisoning two teenage girls in Belfast.

John McMenemy is also alleged to have attacked and threatened to kill the pair, aged 15 and 16.

McMenemy, 23, from Kinnaird Close in Belfast, appeared before the city’s magistrates’ court to face a total of six charges.

They included two counts each of false imprisonment and making threats to kill.

He is further accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to one girl and common assault on the other.

The alleged offences were committed at an address in the city on Monday.

Opposing bail, a police constable said it was claimed that McMenemy threatened to stab one of the girls if she left the house.

The officer described the two teenagers as vulnerable youths.

Defence solicitor Michael Madden argued that one of the girls has made no statement of complaint against McMenemy, who denies the charges.

However, District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused bail based on the risk of further offences and interference with witnesses.

She remanded McMenemy in custody to appear again by video link on November 3.