Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

OAP Denies Raid on Neighbour; WOMAN, 61, ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTEDROBBERY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

OAP Denies Raid on Neighbour; WOMAN, 61, ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTEDROBBERY

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Byline: SARA NICHOL

A PENSIONER has denied disguising herself in a mask and hoodie and carrying out a violent armed raid on her elderly neighbour. Doris Foulis is accused of trying to rob her friend Jeanette Hetherington at knifepoint before shoving her down some stairs, breaking her leg.

The 61-year-old told a jury at Newcastle Crown Court that she had gone over to the gran's flat to buy cigarettes when she discovered her friend lying injured on the floor. She claimed Mrs Hetherington had fallen down the stairs and that she immediately raised the alarm by going to find the 70-year-old's daughter, also called Jeanette.

She told the court that on the morning of the incident, in October last year, she had been to have a cup of tea with Mrs Hetherington's daughter before returning to her home a few doors down on Parsons, Avenue, in Walker, Newcastle.

She said: "I got back in the house and my son Peter came into the room and said "mam, can you do me a favour and go and ask old Jeanette for some cigarettes for Donna?", who is my daughter-inl aw."I said "aye, no bother". He's asked me to do that before. I'm here to tell the truth and the truth is that Jeanette sells cigarettes.

"It was about lunchtime and I walked up the path to Jeanette's house. At that time, I was wearing black trousers and a pink, fleece top with a rabbit on -like a pyjama top. I wasn't wearing my usual white coat.

"I knocked on the door. There was no answer because normally Jeanette just shouts down.

"I opened the door slightly and saw her on the floor and I said "ee, Jeanette, what you done?". She answered "Doris, I know it's you, do me a favour and go and our Jeanette for me, I've fallen down the stairs".

"So, I went to get her daughter Jeanette."

Prosecutors said that Foulis armed herself with a knife, dressed in a hoodie and mask and entered Mrs Hetherington's house before trying to disguise her voice and demand money.

But the petite grandmother, a friend for 20 years -told her: "Doris, I know it's you. …

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