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Care workers 'ran screaming' from knife-wielding hijacker, court told

TWO care workers “ran screaming” from a knife-wielding hijacker after he demanded their cars, a court has heard.

Lisburn Magistrates Court was also told that one of the care workers fell as she fled the scene, injuring her hand in the process.

Nathan O’Hare (27), from Riverside Meadows in Ballynahinch, has been charged with three offences on October 16 this year - two counts of attempted hijacking and one of possessing a bladed article at Taghnevan Drive in Lurgan.

The court heard that the two domiciliary care workers saw a man “acting suspiciously” at nearby shops as they parked outside and went inside a client’s home, and when they came back out he approached them, “demanded their keys and produced a knife.”

Running away screaming, members of the public came to their aid while the man ran off to the next street “where in fact the defendant resides with his parents”.

Police who arrived at the scene went to that address in Monbrief Drive and arrested O’Hare in the living room while a search of the house uncovered a “large knife” under the chair he had been in and a further large knife in his bedroom, the court heard.

CCTV footage “shows a person matching the exact description, wearing the same clothing, leaving through the front door, the front gate and going to the shops where the hijacking took place,” said District Judge Peter Magill, adding that O’Hare refused to answer police questions during interview.

The judge refused bail and adjourned the case to November 12.

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