Jim Gilchrist killer sentenced for theft of tuna

Limavady Courthouse.
Limavady Courthouse.

A 28-year-old Limavady man who served a prison term for his role in the killing of a Derry musician in 2005 has received a suspended jail sentence for theft of three cans of tuna.

Daryl Quigley of Benevenagh Drive, Limavady - who admitted the manslaughter of guitarist Jim Gilchrist - was convicted at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday of theft on 16th June when he stole three tins of tuna belonging to Supervalu to the value of £6.49 or thereabouts.

The court heard when Quigley was located by police after the offence was reported he appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

Defence solicitor Don Mahoney said Quigley has been in court numerous times and has a troubled background and a lengthy record. Mr Mahoney said Quigley has a pattern with a tendency to steal items of food, and items that were of low value. He also said Quigley had been “very badly assaulted” recently and had suffered several injuries.

District Judge Liam McNally noted it was Quigley’s 12th appearance in court for theft. He said it was theft by a person who is “a continual thief” and if it was allowed to continue it would amount to a considerable loss for a shopkeeper.

In sentencing, Judge McNally noted the physical condition Quigley had appeared in at court. Judge McNally imposed a four-month jail sentence suspended for three years.