Northern Ireland

Man charged after burglary at pensioner's home in east Belfast

Laganside Courts Complex
Image caption The man appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court

A man has appeared in court on 13 charges after a pensioner was tied up and assaulted during a burglary in east Belfast.

Kenneth Roy Douglas, 37, of Greenville Road, Belfast, was accused of tying up the pensioner and stealing his car.

He was also charged with two counts of false imprisonment, assault, and causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent.

The charges relate to two separate incidents on Sunday.

Mr Douglas was charged with false imprisonment, assault, and causing a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent, in relation to an incident on Greenville Road.

He was also charged with having a blade in public, namely a large kitchen knife, two counts of stealing £400 from her and another man, and possession of the Class A drug ecstasy.

Mr Douglas was also accused of assaulting a pensioner at a house at Abetta Parade and stealing his car.

A detective told Belfast Magistrates Court that Mr Douglas could be connected to the alleged offences.

No bail application was made during the brief hearing.

District Judge Harry McKibbin remanded Mr Douglas in custody to appear again by video link on 27 November.