A man who hijacked a security van to escape from men he suspected were paramilitaries intent on giving him a beating has been jailed for two years.
Belfast Crown Court heard that a security guard had just left premises at Blackstaff Mews, Belfast, in the early hours of September 4 last year when he was approached by 29-year-old Steven Fegan.
Prosecutor Doug Edmondson told the court that Fegan, carrying a bottle, demanded the guard hand over the liveried Vauxhall Corsa, threatening that he was “going to get it”.
The guard, said the lawyer, was more worried about bunches of keys which were in the car. After he retrieved them he walked away, while Fegan and his then heavily pregnant girlfriend got in.
Fegan, from New Barnsley Park in Belfast, later pleaded guilty to a single count of hijacking.
Handing down the two-year jail term, Judge Patrick Lynch ordered Fegan to serve nine months in custody with 15 on licence.