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Kidnap accused has had licence revoked, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of kidnapping two young children by stealing a car in south Belfast has had his prison licence revoked, the High Court has heard.

Martin John McDonagh allegedly got into a VW Golf at Boucher Crescent and drove off, two weeks after he was released from custody for undisclosed matters.

He was detained by members of the public who managed to stop the vehicle on Saturday.

A boy and girl who were in the car at the time were unharmed.

McDonagh (35), of Ardmoulin Terrace in the city, was set to mount a bid to be released on bail yesterday. But prosecution counsel David McClean argued that a new development rendered the application pointless.

He said: "My instructions are that the prison has revoked his licence... it was done yesterday."

With defence lawyers unaware of the new situation, Madam Justice McBride said she would adjourn the case for a week to obtain confirmation.

McDonagh is charged with aggravated vehicle taking causing injury, kidnapping, common assault, driving when unfit through drink or drugs, having no licence or insurance, and failing to provide a breath specimen.

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