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Man broke his ankle in hijack bid, court told

By Alan Erwin

A man was hit by a car he was allegedly trying to hijack within hours of being released from custody, a court has heard.

Kenneth Colwell sustained a broken ankle in the collision with the Vauxhall Insignia he attempted to seize control of in Belfast, police said.

A judge was told the 23-year-old then shouted abuse and threats at police and medical staff trying to treat him at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Colwell was said to have thrown a shoe at a doctor on Monday night.

The accused, of Forthriver Link in Belfast, was arrested after allegedly stepping out onto North Street brandishing a fake gun.

He faces charges of attempted hijacking, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and disorderly behaviour.

A detective opposing bail at Belfast Magistrates Court revealed the incident occurred after Colwell was bailed earlier the same day on other charges, after staff and customers had to lock themselves into the Tesco store for their own protection.

Colwell was remanded in custody to appear again on April 22.

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