Belfast Telegraph

Jail for man who kidnapped former partner during tiff

By John Cassidy

A man has been jailed for 12 months for kidnapping his former partner during a "lover's tiff".

Steven Fegan (33) of Manor Street in Belfast, had pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to kidnapping, dangerous driving, possession of a knife, criminal damage and common assault on his former girlfriend.

The court heard Fegan had arrived at a tanning salon where his former partner was present on the Whiterock Road in July last year "in a distressed state''.

Prosecutor Gareth Purvis told Judge Donna McCoglan QC: "A friend had told him that she had been dating a close friend of his and this person had been staying with her.

"He went to confront her as she left the tanning salon saying he wanted to speak to her and went to the driver's side of her car. She didn't respond and he then kicked the driver's side window, shattering the glass."

Mr Purvis told the court that Fegan then pushed her into the passenger seat, climbed into the driver's seat and drove off in the direction of the Monagh bypass.

The prosecutor added that Fegan then drove at speed, and his former partner was so concerned at the speed they were travelling at that she asked him to slow down. The father-of-two then drove to a street near a shopping complex before getting out of the car. His distressed partner subsequently went to a neighbouring house to report the incident to police.

Defence barrister Sean Devine said the incident could be "best described as a lover's tiff", after Fegan had been given "erroneous information" about his former partner.

Judge Donna McColgan sentenced Fegan to 36 months, with 12 months in custody and the remaining two years on licence.

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