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Brothers to stand trial over west Belfast hijacking

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

Joseph and Michael McManus face a series of motoring offences over the incident, which occurred 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 in 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.

At Belfast Magistrates Court, District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a prosecution application to have the pair returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Joseph McManus was remanded back into custody, while Michael was released on continuing bail, including a curfew and restrictions on being in a car.

Belfast Telegraph