An 18-year-old man has appeared in court in Belfast charged with the abduction of a 14-year-old girl from Co Louth this week.

Nojus Maculevicius, from Blackrock in Co Louth, was charged with five offences when he appeared via video link from Musgrave PSNI station.

The first charge is that on Monday 19 April, he detained a person contrary to Article 4 of the Child Abduction Northern Ireland Order 1985.

Other charges include driving a car without a driving licence or insurance.

A solicitor for Mr Maculevicius told Belfast Magistrates' Court that understood the charges put to him.

A PSNI officer objected to an application for the defendant to be released on bail.

The officer said police were concerned that he might not surrender himself as he resides in the Republic of Ireland and had proven that he could evade police by being in Northern Ireland for three days before he was caught despite media appeals.

The officer told the court that the father of the teenage girl had contacted gardaí on Monday and said his daughter had gone missing.

After it was reported to the PSNI, Mr Maculevicius and the girl were later seen on CCTV in Tesco in Newry and also in a garage in the city.

The officer said they were located in east Belfast on Thursday after a taxi driver reported to police that he had them in his vehicle.

Applying for Mr Maculevicius to be released on bail, a solicitor told the court he is in full employment and is a sponsored athlete held in high regard by his club in Dundalk.

Sophie McClintock, of Belfast legal firm Phoenix Law, said he lives with his parents and two brothers, who are "extremely supportive" of him and have spent the past three days in Belfast waiting for him.

She said Mr Maculevicius has no criminal record and that this was his first time in police custody.

The court was told his parents were willing to lodge a surety of £5,000 to secure his release on bail to alleviate any concerns that he would not appear for trial.

The solicitor asked for him to be released on bail to his home address in Louth as his entire family unit is in that area and it would be extremely difficult for him to find a bail address in Northern Ireland.

District Judge Amada Henderson released him on bail to live with his family in Co Louth with a number of conditions.

These include a cash surety of £5,000 from his parents, and no contact of any kind, including phone calls or social media, with the teenage girl or her family.

Mr Maculevicius was also ordered to surrender his passport to ensure he cannot leave the island of Ireland.

He is due to appear in court again by video link on 4 May.