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Man arrested over Bertie Acheson death

A 39-year-old man was arrested in the greater Belfast area this morning.

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

Detectives from the PSNI’s serious crime branch investigating the murder of pensioner Bertie Acheson have arrested a 39-year-old man in the greater Belfast area this morning.

The suspect has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning and police say they are also searching a property in Antrim.

Mr Acheson (72) died following a confrontation with an intruder at his home in Glenmore Gardens in Coleraine in the early hours of 30 April this year. He had been asleep in bed beside his wife Sheila when they were woken by the sound of shattering glass at about 1.30am. Mr Acheson got out of bed to see what had happened. On entering his kitchen, he was met by a male intruder who demanded money.

There was an altercation and a struggle, during which the pensioner fell to the floor. The intruder made his way to the bedroom and threatened the victim’s 70-year-old wife, before taking her purse and escaping with £375.

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

A £10,000 reward was made available for those who come forward with information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of the man responsible. Last week, police had said they had a new lead in the investigation.

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