Family shocked over 2001 murder arrest

Published Tuesday, 10 April 2012
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The family of pensioner Norman Moffatt, who died after he was stabbed close to his Coleraine home more than 10 years ago have told UTV of their shock, after a man was arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend.

Family shocked over 2001 murder arrest
Mr Moffatt was in the Railway Road and Circular Road area when he was attacked. (© UTV)

Mr Moffatt was attacked in the Railway Road Circular Road area of the town as he walked home after buying a newspaper shortly before 8am on 26 January 2001.

The 73-year-old died in hospital two months later.

No one has ever been convicted of killing Mr Moffatt and his son Barry said the death was a blow to the local community.

"It was very hard to believe that something like that could happen right on your very own doorstep, especially in Coleraine."

At the weekend, a 42-year-old man was arrested in England.

He was detained in the Stockport area of England by detectives from Greater Manchester Police and the PSNI and has been taken to Antrim police station where he is being questioned in connection with the pensioner's murder.

"It came as a shock to us even after 10 years but it's come as welcome news but as we know there's a long way to go," added Barry.

For the Moffatt family, they hope a conviction would offer them some closure.

© UTV News
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