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Daughter holds picture of dad in court as his killer appears

Jim Gilchrist's widow Eileen and daughter Catherine pictured at the bench dedicated to the local musician

Jim Gilchrist's widow Eileen and daughter Catherine pictured at the bench dedicated to the local musician

The daughter of murdered musician Jim Gilchrist held up a photograph of her father as his killer appeared in court.

Daniel John Young, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry, pleaded guilty to taking heroin and a sim card into Magilligan Prison.

The 26-year-old also admitted possessing a class A drug and being unlawfully at large on May 28, 2012.

Young, was jailed in June 2008 for ten years and ordered to spend two years on probation for the manslaughter of Jim Gilchrist. Mr Gilchrist was beaten to death in September 2005 before his body was dumped in the River Foyle.

Young was released from prison on 7 July 2012, however was ordered back to prison in December last year for breaching the terms of his probation.

Yesterday, Mr Gilchrist’s daughter Catherine held up a picture of her father as Young was brought into the dock.

Derry Crown Court heard Young was released on home leave and was due to return to prison on May 25, 2012.

However, he remained at large for three days and only returned to the prison on May 28.

The 26-year-old made his own way to the prison and told officers he had met a girl and decided to stay out a while longer.

Young was held overnight in a special unit and when prison officers searched it the following morning they found unauthorised articles in the pocket of his shorts.

The court was told heroin and a sim card was discovered. The heroin weighed 0.24 grams and had a street value of £200.

At interview, Young admitted he had brought the class A drug into the prison and that he had concealed it in his rectum.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Shiels told the court his client has served six years of his life in custody.

He added that Young has been abusing drugs since his teens and became addicted to tramadol after a knee injury he sustained in prison.

The solicitor revealed the 26-year-old was consuming up to 500 tablets a week.

Mr Shiels said Young is from a ‘very troubled and damaged background. That is not to say he has not caused damage himself - he has’.

Judge Philip Babington jailed Young for a total of seven months, which will run consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving.

Speaking after the hearing, Catherine Gilchrist said she held up the picture of her father so that Young ‘had to look at my beautiful daddy again to remind him what he has taken away from my
family’.

She said that it is good Young was behind bars once again, because ‘at least you know he is locked up. Some families don’t even get the chance to see the perpetrators locked away’.

Daniel John Young, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry, pleaded guilty to taking heroin and a sim card into Magilligan Prison.

The 26-year-old also admitted possessing a class A drug and being unlawfully at large on May 28, 2012.

Young, was jailed in June 2008 for ten years and ordered to spend two years on probation for the manslaughter of Jim Gilchrist. Mr Gilchrist was beaten to death in September 2005 before his body was dumped in the River Foyle.

Young was released from prison on 7 July 2012, however was ordered back to prison in December last year for breaching the terms of his probation.

Yesterday, Mr Gilchrist’s daughter Catherine held up a picture of her father as Young was brought into the dock.

Derry Crown Court heard Young was released on home leave and was due to return to prison on May 25, 2012.

However, he remained at large for three days and only returned to the prison on May 28.

The 26-year-old made his own way to the prison and told officers he had met a girl and decided to stay out a while longer.

Young was held overnight in a special unit and when prison officers searched it the following morning they found unauthorised articles in the pocket of his shorts.

The court was told heroin and a sim card was discovered. The heroin weighed 0.24 grams and had a street value of £200.

At interview, Young admitted he had brought the class A drug into the prison and that he had concealed it in his rectum.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Shiels told the court his client has served six years of his life in custody.

He added that Young has been abusing drugs since his teens and became addicted to tramadol after a knee injury he sustained in prison.

The solicitor revealed the 26-year-old was consuming up to 500 tablets a week.

Mr Shiels said Young is from a ‘very troubled and damaged background. That is not to say he has not caused damage himself - he has’.

Judge Philip Babington jailed Young for a total of seven months, which will run consecutively to the sentence he is currently serving.

Speaking after the hearing, Catherine Gilchrist said she held up the picture of her father so that Young ‘had to look at my beautiful daddy again to remind him what he has taken away from my
family’.

She said that it is good Young was behind bars once again, because ‘at least you know he is locked up. Some families don’t even get the chance to see the perpetrators locked away’.

 
 
 

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