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Man ordered not to contact hijack bid accused

A 20-year-old man charged in connection with an attempted hijacking in Newtownabbey must not contact his co-accused, a judge ordered today.

Stephen McCann appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court after being arrested by police investigating the alleged bid to seize a car from a woman.

McCann, of St Quentin Park in Newtownabbey, is charged with disorderly behaviour on the Antrim Road area.

He faces a second count of resisting police during that incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with attempted hijacking, resisting police, disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

He is due to appear before the same court on January 7.

McCann, who is not accused of any hijacking offences, spoke only to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Toner confirmed police were not opposing bail under "stringent conditions".

Those terms include a night-time curfew and a ban on alcohol and drugs.

Agreeing to his release, District Judge Liam McNally also stressed: "There is to be no contact with (the co-accused)."

McCann's case is due back in court in four weeks time.

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