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Four year sentence for hijacking thats ends in Armagh crash

Belfast High Court


Two men involved in a hi-jacking that lead to a crash on the outskirts of Armagh city have been sentenced to four years.

Barry Anthony McGuinness, 29, and Anthony Thomas Brady, 24, of no fixed abode admitted hijacking a Peugeot 208 from the centre of Belfast in November 2014 before crashing it on the Drumilly Road in county Armagh.

Samantha McGuinness, 24, from Mullacreevie Park, Armagh also received an 18-month sentence suspended for two years for her part in the crime.

The incident began with when woman was forced from her car in Belfast by Barry McGuinness – armed with a Stanley knife. He got into the car and was followed by Brady and Samantha McGuinness.

The car was subsequently found abandoned after in crashed into a hedge on the Drumilly Road.

The victim gave a statement to police outlining her “terrifying” ordeal.

While the two men received custodial sentences, Samantha McGuinness was told by the judge she was to be given “one last chance”.

The sentencing took place at Belfast Crown Court.

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