Belfast Telegraph

Brothers to stand trial over car hijacking and policeman injury

Two brothers are to stand trial accused of a car hijacking which led to a police officer suffering chest injuries, a judge ruled today.

Joseph and Michael McManus face a series of motoring offences over the incident in west Belfast.

They were arrested after a PSNI officer was injured in a car park outside the Suffolk Inn on the Suffolk Road last April.

The brothers, both of Orchard Hill, Crumlin, Co Antrim, are each charged with aggravated vehicle taking and assault on police.

Joseph McManus, 28, is also accused of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

His 20-year-old brother faces additional charges of attempted criminal damage to a police vehicle and resisting arrest.

They appeared in the dock together at Belfast Magistrates' Court for a preliminary enquiry to establish if they have a case to answer.

Both of the defendants declined to call witnesses or say anything in response to the charges at this stage.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have them returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Joseph McManus was remanded back into custody until that hearing gets underway.

Michael McManus was released on continuing bail to abide by conditions which include a curfew and restrictions on being in a car.

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