Pensioners robbed in pub toilets, court told
A robber attacked two pensioners in the toilets of separate Belfast city centre pubs, the High Court has heard.
Stephen McAree is accused of following both men into the gents, assaulting them and stealing their wallets. One victim suffered broken ribs while the other had to have a head wound stapled together, a judge was told.
McAree (45), of Thorndale Avenue, Belfast, denies two counts of robbery and further charges of causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was refused bail.
Prosecutors claim he was identified by police on CCTV footage of both incidents.
The first victim, aged 67, was forced against urinals in toilets in Robinson's Bar on Great Victoria Street last September. He heard a thud and then "everything went blank", a prosecution lawyer said.
The court heard the second robbery was carried out at Weatherspoon's Bar in November.
The 70-year-old victim was hit on the face so hard that it knocked him over. The pensioner sustained back injuries and needed five staples for a head wound.