Northern Ireland

Bertie Acheson murder: man arrested in Belfast area

Sheila & Bertie Acheson
Bertie Acheson, who died after a confrontation with a burglar, pictured with his wife, Sheila

Detectives investigating the murder of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson have arrested a 39-year-old man in the greater Belfast area.

Mr Acheson, 72, was assaulted after he confronted an intruder in his Glenmore Gardens home on 30 April.

He suffered a heart attack during the burglary which detectives said was brought on by stress.

Police have taken the arrested man to Antrim police station for questioning.

They are also searching a property in Antrim.

Mr Acheson and his wife Sheila were in bed asleep when they were awoken by the sound of breaking glass at about 01:30 BST on 30 April.

Mr Acheson got out of bed and went into the kitchen where he was confronted by a male intruder who demanded money.

There was an altercation and a struggle which resulted in Mr Acheson falling to the floor.

The burglar then went into the bedroom where he threatened Mrs Acheson, who is 70 and suffers from arthritis, before taking her purse and escaping with £375.

Mrs Acheson raised the alarm, but by the time ambulance personnel and police arrived, her husband was dead.

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