Belfast Telegraph

Man pulled driver from car by throat

A robber turned hijacker who stole a woman's car after dragging her from it by the throat was jailed for two years yesterday.

However, in jailing 27-year-old Anthony McKeown, Belfast Crown Court Judge Patrick Lynch QC said the “absolutely intolerable” incident warranted a term closer to five years and ordered that McKeown serve the two-year term consecutive to the five-year term he is currently serving.

Earlier he heard that “slightly built” Paula King had just dropped her mother off at Europa bus station on May 2 last year when McKeown pounced on her car.

Peter Magill, prosecuting, described how McKeown wrenched the door open before wrapping his arm around Ms King’s throat, throwing her to the pavement and jumping into the driver's seat.

Mr Magill said Ms King ran to the passenger door and grabbed her handbag but McKeown slammed the car into reverse, knocking her to the ground again then speeding off. The damaged car was later found in Mallusk.

McKeown, from Church Crescent in Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty to hijacking, actual bodily harm, criminal damage, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Defence lawyer Martin Morgan said McKeown had been drinking all day when he hijacked the car but that now he is “mortified and embarrassed by his behaviour”.

McKeown was also banned from driving for four years.

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