Belfast hijacking accused Gavin Wilson had 72 previous convictions
A 23-year-old west Belfast man with 72 convictions has been refused bail after he appeared in court on charges arising from a city centre hijacking.
Gavin Gerard Francis Wilson, from Lady Street in the Divis area of the city, had eight charges levelled against him after a hijacking on April 1 this year.
The offences include aggravated vehicle taking causing damage, dangerous driving and failing to report an accident.
A police constable told Belfast Magistrates Court the PSNI was objecting to Wilson being released on bail as he presented a risk of re-offending, a risk of flight and police had concerns for the safety of the public.
Revealing that Wilson came before the court with 72 previous convictions, the constable said that Wilson is currently on licence for a hijacking offence and has breached bail conditions in the past.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Wilson in custody until August 5.