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Man arrested over 2001 murder of Coleraine pensioner Moffatt


Murdered: Norman Moffatt (73)

Murdered: Norman Moffatt (73)

Murdered: Norman Moffatt (73)

Police have arrested a man in England over the murder of a pensioner in Northern Ireland more than a decade ago, detectives said today.

Norman Moffatt, 73, was stabbed as he 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 may have been the victim of a random attack.

Now detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working with officers from Greater Manchester Police, have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The man was detained in the Stockport area and will be brought back to Antrim for questioning.

Police investigating the crime at the time of the attack said Mr Moffatt was stabbed by a man between Railway Road and Circular Road around 7am.

Following the attack, which was captured on CCTV, Mr Moffatt managed to make it home to his wife and children.

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

Belfast Telegraph