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Two men in court charged with attempted hijacking of car in Derry

TWO men have appeared at Derry Magistrates Court charged with the attempted hijacking of a nurse's car.

Darryl Cassidy (18), of Rose Court in Derry, is accused of the attempted hijacking in the Brookdale Park area of the city on June 30.

Padraig Brolly (21), of Drumachose Park in Limavady, was charged with attempting to hijack a vehicle on the same date as well as eight counts of criminal damage, assault on a police officer and possessing Diazepam.

A lawyer for Cassidy said his mother had withdrawn her address and requested a short adjournment to allow police time to check an alternative.

He was remanded in custody to appear again on Friday.

As regards Brolly, a police officer told the court they received a report of two males damaging cars in the Brookdale Park area at around 3.30am on June 30.

En route they were also informed of an attempted hijacking of a car driven by a district nurse.

They spoke to the reporting parties who said they had heard banging and looked out and saw the defendant being assaulted.

He was then said to have run down the street kicking wing mirrors off vehicles and putting a brick through the back window of one.

The officer said damage was put at thousands of pounds.

The court heard that the nurse had to slam on her brakes after a man jumped in front of her car and told her to get out.

She managed to drive round him but a second man then jumped out and also demanded she get out.

The woman managed to drive away and Brolly and Cassidy were detained within 100 metres of the incident.

When searched Brolly was found to have 31 Diazepam tablets.

A defence lawyer said there was a gathering of young people in the area but his client maintained he had not been responsible for the damage to the vehicles or hijack attempt.

He said it would have been a 'terrifying' experience for the driver but there was nothing to link his client to it.

However, Deputy District Judge Stephen Keown said there was too high a risk of further offences and refused bail.

Brolly was remanded in custody to appear again on July 16.

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