Gilchrist killer jailed for probation breach

A man who was jailed for 10 years after he admitted the manslaughter of Derry musician Jim Gilchrist was yesterday jailed for 18 months for breaching his probation.

Derry Crown Court judge Mr Justice Treacy, sitting in Belfast, told Daryl Quigley that although he could have jailed him for two years, he was making allowances for the fact that he had made some efforts towards completing the two year probation order over a four month period.

Quigley, from Crawford Square but whose address was given as c/o the Must Hostel in Cookstown and who turned 24 last Friday, was originally jailed for 10 years after he admitted to the manslaughter of musician Jim Gilchrist in 2008.

In September 2005, the body of the 62 year-old father-of-five and grandfather was found floating in the River Foyle after he was attacked on his way home from a meeting of a motorcycle club.

As well as Quigley, two other men were also jailed for killing - 22-year-old Daniel Young from Cornshell Fields also received a 10-year term for manslaughter and 24-year-old Anthony Fahy, from Northland Avenue in Derry, was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of at least 13 years after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Yesterday the court heard that Quigley had repeatedly breached the terms of his probation order both by missing appointments and also by breaking the rules of the hostel where he was staying.

Mr Justice Treacy revealed that last month, just a day after he had been in court for an alleged breach, staff at the hostel had reported that Quigley was intoxicated and when challenged had become verbally abusive, threatening one staff member “to go outside to box the head off you”.

The court also heard that Quigley had committed a shoplifting offence while on probation, stealing a gift wrapper from Dunnes Stores for which he received a £75 fine in the Magistrate’s Court.

Mr Justice Treacy said reports showed an “escalation in risk taking behaviour”.