Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Man accused of Belfast crime rampage

A man has been remanded in custody accused of tying up a pensioner and stealing his car as part of a crime spree in east Belfast.

Kenneth Roy Douglas is alleged to have held three people captive in two separate attacks on Sunday.

It is claimed that he assaulted a 70-year-old man and also caused a woman to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Douglas (37), of Greenville Road, Belfast, faces a total of 13 charges. The alleged offences include three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, burglary, threatening to kill and taking a motor vehicle without authority.

He is further accused of having a blade in public, namely a large kitchen knife, two counts of stealing £400 from her and another man, and possession of Ecstasy drugs.

Douglas was arrested by police investigating a raid on the pensioner's home at Abetta Parade. An intruder tied the elderly victim up, ransacked his property and made off in his Mitsubishi Carisma car.

Some of the charges relate to an earlier domestic incident at a nearby location.

As Douglas appeared before Belfast Magistrate’s Court yesterday, a detective said he could be connected to the alleged offences.

No bail application was made during the brief hearing.

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

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