Northern Ireland

Man remanded in custody over Bertie Acheson manslaughter

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

A 39-year-old man from Antrim charged with the manslaughter of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson has been remanded in custody.

Mr Acheson, 72, died from a heart attack after a break-in at his house in Coleraine in April. He collapsed after confronting an intruder.

Paul James Toland, from the Cedars, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

He spoke only to confirm that he understood the charge against him.

Police said that they would oppose bail citing possible flight risk of the accused and the potential for interference to witnesses.

The magistrate remanded Mr Toland in custody for a month and described the case as a "burglary gone badly wrong".

Mr Toland's pregnant wife, Jennifer, 23, also appeared at the court, just an hour before her husband. She is also charged with the manslaughter of Mr Acheson, and was there to answer her bail.

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