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Man in court over pensioner murder

A 42 year-old man arrested in England over the stabbing of a pensioner in Northern Ireland is due to appear in court charged with murder.

Norman Moffatt, 73, was attacked 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.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), working with officers from Greater Manchester Police, arrested a 42-year-old man on Monday on suspicion of murder.

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

On Wednesday night police said he had now been charged over the attack.

He will appear at Ballymena Magistrate's court in Co Antrim.

Police investigating the killing in 2001 said Mr Moffatt was stabbed between Railway Road and Circular Road in Coleraine around 7am.

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


From Belfast Telegraph