An alleged serial burglar has appeared in court charged with attacking an 86-year-old woman who suffered broken bones in her neck and back.
Nicholas Mason, 43, is accused of committing seven burglaries and two attempted break-ins within four days earlier this month, including an offence at the Birmingham home of Veronica Eustace.
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told Mason, of Larches Lane, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, also faces a charge of fraud relating to a bank card.
In a statement released after the attack, Mrs Eustace’s family said relatives felt “physically sick” at what had happened to her.
Magistrates remanded Mason in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on July 9.