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Woman robbed OAP pal of pension, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A woman robbed an elderly man of his pension and threatened to burn him out of his home if he told police, it has been claimed.



Margaret Henderson (25) allegedly searched and took £197 from the victim, a lifelong friend, after following him to his home in north Belfast, a High Court judge was told.

She faces charges of robbery and threats to damage property over the incident on August 28.

A prosecuting barrister said Henderson, of Kilbroney House, Greenway, Belfast, is accused of holding the pensioner up against a wall in his Antrim Road flat and demanding money.

The victim, believed to be in his late 60s, refused, but had cash taken from him, the court heard.

Crown counsel Kate McKay told the bail hearing: “She threatened him that if he contacted police she would burn him out of his flat.”

It was also disclosed that after she was arrested, Henderson denied both the scale of the robbery and using force.

She stated: “I know this is going to get me in s***, but I swear on my child's grave it wasn't £200 I stole, it was only £100.”

Mark Farrell, defending, said his client had known the victim all her life, and she would help him with his weekly business.

Mr Justice Gillen refused the bail application, describing it as “a hopeless case”.

He added: “This was a very frightening experience for this man if the allegations are true.”

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