Hijacker Jonathan Briers jailed after terrifying motorist in west Belfast
A father-of-one who hijacked a car from a "vulnerable" community worker in west Belfast has been handed a three-year sentence after appearing in the dock of the city's Crown Court.
Saying the incident would have been a "terrifying experience" for the female motorist, Judge Sandra Crawford told Jonathan Briers (33) that he will serve 18 months of his sentence in prison, with the remainder spent on licence when he is released from custody.
Briers, of Cherryhill Road in Dundonald, was so drunk on the day in question that he has no recollection of his actions. He admitted four offences arising from the incident - including causing criminal damage to a police cell by smearing it with excrement.
The court heard that at around 4.30pm on December 4 last year, the female motorist had just locked up a community centre in the Glenbank area of the city and was getting into her car when she was approached by Briers, who grabbed her and told her to hand over her car keys.
The court heard that Briers - who had 126 previous convictions - committed the offence less than a week after he was released from prison after robbing a KFC outlet on the Shankill Road.