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Woman arrested over Bertie Acheson death

The 72-year-old man suffered a fatal heart attack following a confrontation with an intruder in April this year.

Bertie Acheson, right, with his wife Sheila.
Bertie Acheson, right, with his wife Sheila.
Image: PSNI/PA Images

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE murder of pensioner Bertie Acheson in Coleraine have arrested a woman in connection with the crime.

The PSNI said detectives from the serious crime branch investigating the murder arrested a 22-year-old woman in the Antrim area this morning.

The suspect has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

72-year-old Mr Acheson suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of a confrontation with an intruder at his home in Glenmore Gardens in Coleraine in the early hours of 30 April this year.

The pensioner had been asleep in bed beside his wife Sheila when they were woken by the sound of shattering glass and Mr Acheson went to the kitchen to see what had happened.

He was met by a male intruder who demanded money and there was an altercation and a struggle during which the pensioner fell to the floor. The intruder then made his way to the bedroom where he threatened the victim’s wife, before taking her purse and escaping with £375.

The alarm was raised but Mr Acheson had passed away by the time emergency service arrived at the scene.

Last month a man was also arrested in connection with the man’s death and police conducted a search on a property in Antrim.

A reward of £10,000 had been offered for information on Mr Acheson’s murder leading to an arrest and conviction.

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