Douglas man used a steak knife in an attempted carjacking

Douglas man used a steak knife in an attempted carjacking
The attempted carjacking occurred on the South Douglas Road in May. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A man brandishing a steak knife attempted to hijack a car when a woman was stopped in traffic at Douglas in Cork and now he has had one year added to his time in jail.

Detective Garda Seán Minihan arrested Alan McCarthy of 50 Glencurrrig, South Douglas Road, and charged him with attempted hijacking.

The particulars of the charge were that he did by force, threat or intimidation, attempt to seize control of a car after 11pm on Tuesday night, May 28, at South Douglas Road, in Cork.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin imposed a jail term of 18 months with the last six months suspended. The one-year sentence was made consecutive to another sentence he was serving on an unrelated matter.

Det. Garda Minihan said the woman was stopped in traffic at 11.10pm at South Douglas Road approaching Douglas West village on that Tuesday night when the accused brandishing a steak knife opened the door of her car and shouted at her to get out of the car.

He said the driver got out but that the man ran away down Willow Park where he was later found hiding in a bushy area.

Det. Garda Minihan alleged the accused had alcohol and drug problems at the time.

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