WOMAN, 22, QUIZZED OVER PENSIONER BERTIE ACHESON MURDER

Bertie Acheson and his wife Sheila

A WOMAN was being quizzed today by detectives investigating the murder of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson.

The 22-year-old female was arrested in Antrim this morning and taken to the town’s local police station for questioning.

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.

Mr Acheson and his wife Sheila were in bed asleep when they were awoken by the sound of breaking glass around 1.30 am.

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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