Northern Ireland

Bertie Acheson murder: woman arrested in Antrim area

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

A 22-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson.

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.

The woman was arrested in the Antrim area on Monday and taken to the town's police station.

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

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

There was an altercation and a struggle that 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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