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Pensioner assaulted as raider steals car in Belfast

By Laura Abernethy

Published 02/09/2015

DUP MLA Jonathan Craig condemned the assault on a pensioner in Lisburn
DUP MLA Jonathan Craig condemned the assault on a pensioner in Lisburn

A man assaulted a pensioner and stole his car before crashing it into a wall in Belfast on Monday night.

At around 10.45pm, the burglar broke into a house on the Ballymacash Road, Lisburn, and demanded the keys for the blue Ford Mondeo from the man, who is in his 90s.

The elderly man was assaulted during the incident but was not seriously injured.

The burglar then drove the car to Belfast and crashed it into a wall on Distillery Street in the city centre around 11.10pm. The car was set on fire and was later found by police destroyed.

The burglar is in his late 20s or early 30s. He had short dark hair and is thought to be about 6ft tall.

Local representatives have condemned the attack. Lagan Valley MLA Jonathan Craig said: "I think it's absolutely despicable that anyone would attack an elderly man.

"Unfortunately, it seems to be the way these things are done. They break into a house, they find it's an elderly person and they beat them and intimidate them and they get what little they actually have."

DUP councillor Alan Givan added: "It's a terrible thing to happen to anyone, particularly to someone who is so elderly. It's a very sad day when vulnerable people are attacked.

"People who do things like that need to be thoroughly punished."

Amanda Grehan, Alliance councillor for the area, said: "I think it's absolutely appalling. It's terrible that anyone would even consider doing such an act."

Lisburn councillor Scott Carson said residents were shocked that this incident happened in a quiet residential area.

"This sort of activity would be quite uncommon in that area. It is a bit of a surprise," he said.

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