Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Man charged with pensioner Norman Moffatt's murder

James Alexander McCook arrives at Ballymena magistrates court this morning
James Alexander McCook arrives at Ballymena magistrates court this morning
Murdered: Norman Moffatt (73)

A 42-year-old man arrested in England over the stabbing of a pensioner in Northern Ireland has appeared in court charged with murder.

James Alexander McCook is accused of stabbing Norman Moffatt, 73, as the pensioner walked home after buying his morning newspaper in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, in January 2001.

Last year police made a fresh appeal for information on the murder and said the elderly man might have been the victim of a random attack.

McCook was arrested in Stockport on Monday by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working with officers from Greater Manchester Police.

The defendant, who is originally from Northern Ireland but was living on Stonemill Terrace, Lancashire Hill, in Stockport, was taken back to Antrim for questioning.

He appeared before District Judge Des Perry at Ballymena Magistrates' Court in Co Antrim and was remanded in custody.

Mr Moffatt was stabbed between Railway Road and Circular Road in Coleraine at around 7am.

He was taken to hospital but died almost two months later.

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