Trio charged with Bessbrook pensioner burglary

January 6, 2014

Two men and a teenager have been charged with the burglary of a pensioner’s home in Bessbrook.

Family members of the victim – an elderly lady – say she has been left traumatised by the incident, which occurred on Monday 30th December.

At approximately 4.00am, the lady interrupted an intruder in her Cloughreagh Park home after which the alleged thief made off empty-handed.

Responding to a 999 alert, police subsequently intercepted a suspect vehicle in the Newtownhamilton area and arrested three males.

The trio, aged 16, 27 and 28 were charged with going equipped for burglary, the 27-year-old was further charged with driving whilst unfit and with no insurance, while the other two were charged with obstructing police.

The trio appeared before Newry Magistrates Court on Tuesday 31st December and are scheduled to re-appear later this month for an update to the charges.

The area’s Sinn Féin councillor, Pat Mc Ginn, reacted quickly to the incident, voicing his abhorrence to the crime: “This is an appalling incident, which has left a respected elderly lady, her family and neighbours both traumatised and concerned. I share the anger and concern of the local Cloughreagh community and we hope and pray that the victim will make as full a recovery as possible.

“Those who break and enter into homes and in particular those of those most vulnerable need to be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law.”

Police say anyone with information should contact them in Newtownhamilton on 0845 600 8000.