Trial of man charged with imprisoning and stealing from pensioner continues

The trial of a man charged with falsely imprisoning, assaulting and stealing from an 83-year-old woman has heard the victim identified him to police.

Thomas Anthony Samuel Burke, 50, from Eglinton Terrace, is alleged to have committed the offences in the 83-year-old woman's home last May.

One hundred and eighty pounds was stolen from the lady who is registered blind and wears two hearing aids.

She gave evidence on the second day of the trail at Derry Crown Court.

The court heard that despite her visual disability she was able to identify her assailant during a police identification procedure.

The elderly lady told jurors today that two days after the alleged incidents at her Northland Road home she went to Strand Road police station where she was shown a DVD of nine different people.

She said she was able to identify the the defendant as being the man who allegedly committed the offences against her in her home.

Yesterday the court heard the defendant used the woman's son's name to gain entry.

Jurors also heard that the woman's arm had been bruised and that she had also been struck on the face with such force that one of her hearing aids fell out.

Mr Burke denies the charges. The trial continues.