12/11/2012

Woman Arrested Over Bertie Acheson Murder

A woman has been arrested by detectives over the murder of Coleraine man Bertie Acheson.

The 22-year-old suspect was arrested today in the Antrim area and has been taken to the town’s police station.

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the murder of the pensioner at the end of October.

72-year-old Mr Acheson died after confronting an intruder at his home in Glenmore Gardens in Coleraine 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 Mr Acheson 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.

DCI Ian Harrison said: "I would remind people, and I believe there are individuals in the Antrim area who know who was involved in Bertie Acheson’s murder, that there is a £10,000 reward available from the independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for Bertie’s murder.

"We are asking people to think back to Monday 30 April and the days immediately after that. Do you know anyone who travelled from their home in the Antrim area to Coleraine in the early hours of 30 April? Was there a man you know who was acting in an unusual manner or whose behaviour seemed suspicious? We will treat any information in the strictest confidence but we need the information."

(IT)

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