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Derry hijack accused duo are remanded

By George Jackson

A 58-year-old man whose car was hijacked failed to pick two suspects out of an identification parade, a court has heard.

Two men arrested after the hijacking appeared in court in Londonderry yesterday, where they were remanded in custody.

They are Brendan Meenan (22), from the Simon Community in the Waterside, and Patrick McCallion (23), from the Methodist City Mission in Crawford Square,.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that Meenan was released from jail only three weeks ago. "He is out of custody for three weeks, he did not last very long did he? There is a strong case against him," said Mr McElholm.

The police witness said that the two men were charged with hijacking the car at Little Diamond and were also charged with five other motoring offences. Meenan is further charged with stealing a Visa card belonging to the car owner's wife.

He said both were arrested in the Waterside after a police mobile patrol saw the stolen car being driven in an erratic manner.

The detective constable said McCallion was a front seat passenger and he told police he'd been given a lift in the car from Burnfoot in Co Donegal. Meenan was found hiding in a garden in Primrose Street. The officer said forensic inquiries in relation to fingerprint and DNA evidence were still continuing.

Both men were remanded in custody until next month.

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