Woman’s hand cut to bone after being knocked down by hit-and-run motorist, court hears

PSNI photo of scene
Police on the Cavehill Road in north Belfast.

A woman’s hand was cut to the bone after being knocked down by a hit-and-run motorist in north Belfast, a court heard today.

Darren Ferguson, 35, is accused of driving into the victim at speed on a pedestrian crossing on Monday afternoon.

He also allegedly crashed into two other vehicles as part of a spate of motoring offences in the Cavehill Road area.

Ferguson, of Woodland Avenue in the city, appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop or remain at the scene of an accident.

He faces further counts of driving when unfit through drink or drugs, driving while disqualified, and having no insurance.

Police claimed he was behind the wheel of a Jaguar X-Type car which collided with the woman near a junction between the Cavehill Road and Henderson Avenue.

She described hearing a loud engine noise after stepping onto the pedestrian crossing and then seeing a vehicle travelling towards her fast on the wrong side of the road.

“The car struck her before she could react and flung her to the ground,” a PSNI officer said.

“She stated that her hand was cut to the bone, and she was taken to hospital with a suspected broken hand.”

A witness observed the car travelling at excess speed, heard a smash and then saw the woman lying on the ground.

Two men got out the Jaguar and fled from the scene, the court was told.

The same car had allegedly collided with a vehicle parked in a nearby layby, causing extensive damage and pushing it out onto the middle of the road. 

Another car was also struck while stopped at traffic lights close to the scene of the hit-and-run.

Ferguson was detained a short time later in the Antrim Road area but refused to provide a sample, according to police.

It was claimed that he was wearing similar clothing to one of those captured on CCTV fleeing from the accident.

Opposing bail, the officer contended: “The injured party suffered a serious injury as a result of the defendant’s actions… he is a risk to the public.”

Ferguson’s barrister, Michael Boyd, argued that the case is based on “sketchy” CCTV images.

“It’s not abundantly clear who the individuals are on the footage,” counsel submitted.

Bail was refused, however, due to the risk of re-offending.

Remanding Ferguson in custody until next month, District Judge Steven Keown said: “I can hardly think of a bail application with less merit.”

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