31/10/2012

Man Arrested Over Bertie Acheson Murder

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the murder of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson.

The man was arrested in the greater Belfast area this morning. He has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning. Police are also searching a property in Antrim.

72 year old Mr Acheson died after confronting an intruder at his home in Glenmore Gardens in Coleraine on 30 April this year.

The arrest follows an announcement last week that police were shifting the focus of the investigation to Antrim. The shift followed the discovery by police of a new line of inquiry.

Checkpoints were set up in the Antrim area and police questioned motorists and distributed leaflets.

Mr Acheson died on 30 April this year.

The incident began as he was asleep with his wife Sheila and was awoken by the sound of breaking glass.

When the pensioner got up to investigate, he went into the kitchen and was confronted by a male intruder, who demanded money. An altercation and struggle resulted in Mr Acheson falling to the floor.

He suffered a heart attack, which detectives say was brought about by stress.

The intruder went into the couple’s bedroom and threatened Mrs Acheson, who is 70 years of age and suffers from arthritis.

The man stole her purse and escaped with £375.

(IT)

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