Crimestoppers offer reward of up to £10,000 following murder of Coleraine man

Independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information following the murder of a pensioner in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

The incident occurred on Monday 30 April at about 1.30am when an intruder broke into a bungalow in Glenmore Gardens, and assaulted 72-year-old Bertie Acheson, before threatening his wife and demanding she hand over money.

Mr Acheson died after suffering a severe heart attack as a result of his ordeal, while his 70-year-old wife, who has mobility restrictions, was left badly shaken and had approximately £375 stolen from her.

The man’s death is being treated as murder and the charity Crimestoppers is offering the reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime.

The suspect is described as being approximately six feet tall, wearing a dark top with a collar and thick cuffs, grey jogging bottoms and a coat covering his waist.

Chairman of Crimestoppers’ Northern Ireland committee, Paul Leighton, said: “This was a cowardly act carried out against two vulnerable people and has left a community badly shaken and extremely angry.

“The person who committed this crime should not be allowed to get away with it and must be brought to justice, so I am appealing for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously. We don’t want to know who you are, only what you know.”

If you have any information on this crime please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at