Man who hijacked car while on bail is jailed
The brother of a murdered man – who blames himself for the shooting of the pizza delivery driver almost exactly a year ago –has been jailed for seven years for robbery and a car hijacking that left a policeman injured.
Joseph McManus, from Orchard Hill, Crumlin, had been out on compassionate bail for his brother Kieran's funeral at the time of the offences.
Belfast Crown Court heard that McManus had "an appalling record" of 176 previous convictions and posed a serious risk to the public.
Defence lawyer Neil Fox said McManus (28), who believes his brother's killers were trying to get him, "simply could not deal with his grief" and "lost control" when he injured the policeman.
The court had heard how police had been called to deal with a burnt out stolen car in Hannahstown Hill last April 6.
Some people made off in a car that was later spotted at the Suffolk Inn.
McManus had driven the car at an officer, fracturing a number of his ribs.
He also pleaded guilty to involvement in the robbery of students as they walked home on the Malone Road from a night out in October 2011.