Northern Ireland

Man charged over pensioner attack in Abetta Parade, Belfast

A man has been charged with a number of offences after a pensioner was tied up and assaulted during a burglary in east Belfast on Sunday morning.

The 70-year-old was attacked by a man who entered his house on Abetta Parade shortly before 10:20 GMT on Sunday.

The intruder ransacked the house and took the pensioner's car keys, stealing his car - a silver Mitsubishi Carisma.

A 37-year-old man has been charged with burglary, false imprisonment, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He is also accused of taking a vehicle without authority.

The man has also been charged with a number of offences over an earlier domestic incident at a house in the Greenville Road area of east Belfast.

He is charged with two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of theft, one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

He has also been charged with possession of a blade in public and possession of class A drug.

The 37-year-old is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates court on Tuesday.

Police investigating the Abetta Parade attack are keen to speak to a taxi driver, who dropped off a fare in Union Street in Belfast city centre at around 14:30 GMT on Sunday.

The taxi driver was travelling in a blue Ford Mondeo with a taxi sign on the roof.

The pensioner's car has still not been found.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact police on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively, they can speak to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.