Two Newry men accused of demanding keys from a pensioner who refused to hand them over during an aggravated burglary have been remanded in custody.
Sean Caffrey (27) and Niall Malone (30), both from Bridge Street in the city, were jointly charged at Banbridge Magistrates' Court, sitting in Newry, of committing eight offences on March 1 this year.
They are accused of aggravated burglary at a property on the Turmore Road; going equipped for burglary; possessing weapons with intent to commit burglary, and other related offences.
Caffrey also faces charges of possessing drugs.
It is understood the aggravated burglary relates to an incident at the home of a woman in her 70s who she was confronted by two hammer-wielding burglars at around 5.40am. They fled empty handed when the pensioner refused to hand car keys over.
Both were remanded into custody to appear again by video link today.