Man charged after 86-year-old attacked in her own home

Undated handout file photo issued by West Midlands Police of Veronica Eustace, as Nicholas Mason, 43, has been charged in connection with an assault on the 86-year-old which left her with broken bones in her neck and back
Undated handout file photo issued by West Midlands Police of Veronica Eustace, as Nicholas Mason, 43, has been charged in connection with an assault on the 86-year-old which left her with broken bones in her neck and back

A man has been charged in connection with an assault on an 86-year-old woman which left her with broken bones in her neck and back.

Nicholas Mason, 43, was arrested on Friday and has since been charged with nine counts of burglary, West Midlands Police said.

Veronica Eustace was attacked in her home in Greenwood, just off Blakesley Road, South Yardley, Birmingham, on Tuesday and was left with serious injuries during a burglary attempt at around 6.30am.

Mason, of no fixed address, has been remanded into custody to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday, the force said.

Mrs Eustace remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

In a statement after the attack, Mrs Eustace's family said relatives felt "physically sick" at what had happened to her.