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Funeral for murdered pensioner Bertie Acheson to be held

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 5th May 2012 09:28:30

The funeral will be held on Saturday for a Coleraine pensioner who died after a burglary at his home.

Bertie Acheson, 72, was assaulted after he confronted an intruder in his Glenmore Gardens home on Monday. The police said he suffered a heart attack brought on by stress.

Detectives are treating Mr Acheson's death as murder.

Police believe the intruder lives locally.

During the ordeal, he threatened Mr Acheson's 70-year-old wife, Sheila, before escaping with £375.

Police said they had received a number of calls to an inquiry line investigating Mr Acheson's death.

A number of other leads are also being followed.

The Crimestoppers charity has offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information about his killing.

On Wednesday, Mr Acheson's daughter, Sandra Creelman, spoke of her family's heartbreak since his death.

She said the burglar had "ruined so many lives in the space of half an hour".

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