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Family welcomes arrest over OAP’s 2001 knife murder

By Deborah McAleese

The family of a pensioner murdered 11 years ago are hoping for a breakthrough in the unsolved case following the arrest of a man in England.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch arrested a 42- year-old man in the Stockport area late on Sunday night on suspicion of murdering 73-year-old Coleraine man Norman Moffatt.

The man was yesterday being questioned by officers at Antrim Serious Crime Suite.

Mr Moffatt had gone to buy a newspaper at his local shop at 7am on January 26, 2001.

He was stabbed as he walked back from the shop along Railway Road in the town, yards from his Circular Road home.

The father-of-two managed to stagger the short distance home where he told his wife what had happened before losing consciousness. He died in hospital two months later from his injuries. Mr Moffatt’s wife Nan died last year.

Mr Moffatt’s son Barry said that while he welcomed news of the arrest, it also brought back difficult memories of his father’s death.

“There is still a long road ahead,” Mr Moffatt told the Belfast Telegraph. He added: “We have never given up trying to get justice. It does bring back bad memories of what happened but it is a step in the right direction.”

Background

Coleraine pensioner Norman Moffatt (right) was stabbed in an unprovoked attack after buying a newspaper in his local shop more than a decade ago. He died in hospital from his injuries seven weeks later. His killer has never been caught. However, police arrested a 42-year-old man in England at the weekend on suspicion of murder.

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