Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Burglar: I Didn't Tie Up Pensioner; COURT HEARS HOW WOMAN, 86, WAS THREATENED WITH KNIFE AND HAMMER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Burglar: I Didn't Tie Up Pensioner; COURT HEARS HOW WOMAN, 86, WAS THREATENED WITH KNIFE AND HAMMER

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY

A BURGLAR has denied threatening an 86-year-old woman with a hammer and knife then tying her up in her own home.

Prosecutors claim convicted house raider Anthony Keenan threatened the pensioner with the weapons after going into her bedroom in the dead of night looking for cash.

The shocked victim, who lives alone, woke to find a man looming over her bed, a jury has heard.

Now Keenan, who is on trial accused of aggravated burglary, has denied ever being at the house.

He said: "I didn't do it, I've never been to that property.

"I don't know why the police have said these things, I'm quite shocked.

"The police are making up lies because they said I'm scum but I completely deny it.

"It was definitely not me that woke her up and threatened her, I was not responsible for that burglary."

Prosecutors say Keenan had already ransacked the house, on Beaufront Terrace in West Boldon, South Tyneside, and despite finding valuables and some cash he wanted more money and so went and woke the sleeping pensioner.

The 86-year-old repeatedly told him she had no more money in the house, but it is alleged Keenan demanded keys to a car parked in her garage and then made a bungling attempt to tie his victim up before fleeing in the vehicle. The pensioner, who lives alone, had gone to bed on February 24 last year and after reading her book settled down to sleep.

It is claimed Keenan, 30, of South Crescent, Boldon Colliery, forced entry by smashing a kitchen window in the early hours. He denies aggravated burglary. A partial DNA match to Keenan was found on a bank card which had been stolen during the break-in.

But he said another man had come to his house with the card and claims he must have left his DNA on it when looking at it.

He said: "The man came to my house with the card and said 'can you do owt with it'. …

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