MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY CHARGED WITH KILLING PENSIONER BERTIE ACHESON

Bertie Acheson and his wife Sheila

A 39-year-old man has faced a court on Thursday accused of killing Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson.

Paul James Toland, from the Cedars in Antrim, appeared in the dock of Ballymena Magistrates’ Court charged with the manslaughter of the 72-year-old.

Toland 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.

Mr Acheson died from a heart attack after a break-in at his house in Coleraine in April.

He collapsed after confronting an intruder.

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