Northern Ireland

Couple charged with murder of pensioner Bertie Acheson

Sheila & Bertie Acheson
Bertie Acheson, pictured with his wife, Sheila, died from a heart attack after a break-in at his house in April 2012

A husband and wife charged in connection with the death of a pensioner now face murder charges.

Jennifer Toland, 24, from County Antrim, and 40-year-old Paul Toland, from The Cedars, Antrim, had been facing a charge of manslaughter.

They were returned for trial on charges of murder and robbery at Ballymena Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Bertie Acheson, 72, died from a heart attack after a break-in at his house in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in 2012.

The couple, who are estranged, were released on bail to appear at Belfast Crown Court next month.