Teenager accused of mugging Belfast pensioners

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A teenager has been remanded into custody accused of mugging two pensioners during separate attacks in Belfast.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared before the city’s Youth Court on two robbery charges.

He allegedly targeted 79-year-old Betty Young near her home in the lower Shankill area as she went to vote last Thursday.

Mrs Young was knocked to the ground before her handbag was snatched.

She suffered a broken arm and bruised ribs in an attack carried out in front of her elderly husband.

The teenage defendant is accused of stealing £80 from her.

He also faces a second count of robbing another woman aged in her 80s four days later.

In that incident the victim had her handbag containing up to £100 in cash stolen in a laneway close to Shankill Leisure Centre on Monday afternoon.

The accused is understood to have handed himself in to a police station in the city.

Following Wednesday’s brief court hearing he was remanded in custody at the juvenile justice centre.

He is due to appear in court again by video link on May 27.