Thief's blood was found on airbag of crashed car
A 22-year-old man whose blood was detected on the airbag of a car that was stolen then crashed into a set of traffic lights in north Belfast has apologised for his actions.
Appearing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court, Kevin Joseph David McFall - whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry - was handed a sentence of two years and four months after he admitted a single charge of hijacking a Peugeot 206.
The court heard that the incident on March 22 last year was committed while McFall was on licence for a previous offence.
The court was also told that McFall's guilty plea spared the "nervous" car owner from having to give evidence. A prosecuting barrister said that on the evening in question police attended the scene of a crashed vehicle at the junction between the Ballygomartin Road and Forthriver Road.
A Peugeot 206 has crashed into a set of traffic lights and was badly damaged, and investigations revealed the car had been hijacked from its owner at nearby Twaddell Avenue. The theft occurred when the owner was approached from behind and had the car keys taken from him.
The owner was unable to provide police with a description of the man who took his keys or the second male who got into the car. However, the crash deployed the driver's airbag and McFall's blood was found on it.
It also emerged that the father of one has 91 previous convictions.