A GREENOCK woman has been charged with attacking and robbing a 78-year-old man in his own home.

Jacqueline McElwee, 46, is accused of knocking the elderly pensioner unconscious and stealing money from him.

She is currently remanded in custody ahead of a trial before a sheriff and jury, which is set to take place this month.

It is alleged that McElwee turned up at the OAP's flat and pushed open the front door, causing him to fall to the floor.

Prosecutors say she then pinned him down by his shoulders and struck him on the head with an unknown object.

It is claimed that the alleged blow rendered the man unconscious.

McElwee is said to have gone on to rob him of a quantity of cash, a wallet and its contents and alcohol at the property on Inverkip Street.

She is also facing a fraud charge involving the alleged use of his bank card.

It is claimed that McElwee took the card to the Costcutter shop on Roxburgh Street and pretended to be its lawful holder.

The Crown says she induced a staff member to accept the card in payment for goods to the value of £25.98.

McElwee is said to have acted alongside another person, whose identity is meantime unknown, during the alleged assault and robbery on April 30 last year.

Charges of breaching a night-time bail curfew and failing without reasonable excuse to attend court for an earlier calling of the case have also been levelled against her.

The trial, which is expected to last four days, is due to begin on September 23.