THE PSNI have a new lead in their investigation into the murder of Coleraine pensioner Bertie Acheson, who died while trying to protect his wife from a burglar.
It is understood that information has become available to the team of detectives which has shifted the focus away from Coleraine and is now concentrating police attention in the Antrim area.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, said: “”I am not at liberty to disclose the exact nature of the new information which has become available to us but I can say that it is significant.
“It means we are now focusing our attention on the Antrim area because that is where we believe the killer is based.”
He added: ““We are asking people to think back to Monday 30 April and the days immediately after that.
“Do you know anyone who travelled from their home in the Antrim area to Coleraine in the early hours of 30 April? Was there a man you know who was acting in an unusual manner or whose behaviour seemed suspicious?
“If you have any suspicions or concerns, we want to talk to you. We will treat any information in the strictest confidence but we need the information.””
Mr Acheson, 72 died following a confrontation with an intruder at his home in Glenmore Gardens in Coleraine in the early hours of Monday, April 30.
He and his wife Sheila were in bed asleep when at around 1.30am they were wakened by the sound of breaking glass.
Mr Acheson got up out of bed to see what had happened and went into the kitchen where he was confronted by a male intruder.
The intruder demanded money. There was an altercation and a struggle which resulted in Mr Acheson falling to the floor.