Accused denied bail to attend funeral
A man accused of crashing a stolen car 48 hours after his best friend was killed in a separate so-called joyriding incident cannot attend the funeral, a High Court judge has ruled.
David Molloy was refused bail to be at the service for Ivan Foden, who died in a road collision on the outskirts of Belfast last Friday.
Molloy is alleged to have been behind the wheel of a Renault Megane which narrowly missed a police officer during a pursuit in the east of the city two days later.
Prosecutors claimed he let his pregnant girlfriend get into the car with him after it was stolen from Hyndford Street in east Belfast.
The 23-year-old, of Lagmore Dale, Dunmurry, faces charges of taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving while disqualified.
Molloy was seeking compassionate release from custody to attend Foden's funeral in Poleglass today.
The dead man had been driving a stolen Chevrolet Captiva which collided with a truck on the McKinstry Road in Dunmurry.
Opposing bail, a prosecution lawyer said: "Within 48 hours (of the fatal crash) this particular applicant was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle."
Defence counsel Michael Boyd said his client and Mr Foden had been best friends since childhood.
Mr Justice O'Hara denied the application.
The judge said: "He was on police bail when he heard about his friend's death and then he (allegedly) went joyriding, was caught by police and raced off again until he crashed.
"His actions even within the last week make it impossible for me to grant compassionate bail."