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£10,000 reward offered for information on pensioner's murder

Bertie Acheson, 72, suffered a fatal heart attack after being assaulted in his Coleraine home on Monday.

Undated police handout image of Sheila and Bertie Acheson
Undated police handout image of Sheila and Bertie Acheson
Image: PSNI/PA Images

A £10,000 REWARD is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction over the recent murder of a pensioner in Coleraine.

Bertie Acheson, 72, was assaulted in his own home at Glenmore Gardens by an intruder on Monday. He suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the attack, according to police.

Acheson’s 70-year-old wife Sheila, who has mobility restrictions, was also threatened during the ordeal and was left badly shaken. Around £375 was stolen from her by the intruder.

“This was a cowardly act carried out against two vulnerable people and has left a community badly shaken and extremely angry,” said Paul Leighton, chairman of Crimestoppers’ Northern Ireland committee.

“The person who committed this crime should not be allowed to get away with it and must be brought to justice, so I am appealing for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously. We don’t want to know who you are, only what you know.”

The suspect is described as being around 6′ in height and was wearing a dark top with a collar and thick cuffs, grey jogging bottoms and a coat covering his waist at the time of the attack.

Anyone with any information can contact Crimestoppers confidentially via or on +44 800 555 111.

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