Man charged with attempting to hijack a taxi and assault

Craigavon Court House
Craigavon Court House

A 22 year old man charged with attempting to hijack a taxi had his application for bail adjourned last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Conor James McConville, no fixed abode, appeared by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

He faces charges of alleged assault on a man on November 1 this year, unlawful damage to a car, attempted hijacking, in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of drink or drugs and assaulting a constable.

Outlining the background to the case a police officer said that around 8.55pm a taxi driver phoned police saying two males had stood in the middle of the road in front of him at Wellington Street.

The defendant said: “Get him out of the f—king taxi.”

The officer alleged the taxi driver was assaulted and while a fight was going on McConville ran to the car. He took the keys and threw them to the other person. They landed in a puddle.

Describing McConville as a ‘prolific offender’ the officer said this followed the same pattern where the defendant is only out of custody and ‘takes a feed of drink and drugs’ and assaults other people.

He believed there was a risk of re-offending and no bail address was available.

A solicitor for McConville said they were attempting to get a lift to a bar a number of miles away.

Adjourning the case until November 14 District Judge, Mr Desmond Perry, said the bail application could be renewed when a satisfactory bail address was found.