Jim Gilchrist’s wife confronts killer

Eileen Gilchrist and her daughter Cathy with a picture of her dead husband Jim outside Limavady Court.
Eileen Gilchrist and her daughter Cathy with a picture of her dead husband Jim outside Limavady Court.

The widow of Derry musician Jim Gilchrist who was killed in an attack in 2005 has claimed ‘there is no justice’ after one of her husband’s killers appeared in court charged with theft and received a seven month sentence.

As Daryl Quigley (27), of Benevenagh Drive in Limavady was led away, Eileen Gilchrist waved a photo of her dead husband at the defendant.

Limavady Magistrate’s Court heard that Quigley stole razor blades valued at £92.98 from a local chemist on January 19.

A member of staff said they saw Quigley lift the blades and put them in his jacket and walk out of the shop.

He was challenged but walked on.

The 27-year-old was arrested for theft and was abusive to police who found a small amount of cannabis on him.

Defence counsel Ms Nicola Rountree said her client had been working with social services in an attempt to turn his life around.

She said he hasn’t had an easy life and on the day in question had been drinking and run out of money so he had stolen the blades to try and sell them.

The court also heard that Quigley was in breach of a total of seven suspended sentences.

Ms Rountree asked that Quigley be given a chance and District Judge Liam McNally said that was the point of the suspended sentences.

He told Quigley that he had first appeared in court charged with theft in 2002 and had been stealing other people’s property ever since.

He sentenced Quigley to two months on the current charges and invoked five months of the suspended sentences consecutively making a total of seven months.

As he was being led from the court Mrs Gilchrist who was accompanied by her daughter Cathy, walked towards him and held the picture up.

In 2008 Quigley and another man were sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter, another man pleaded guilty to murder.

Speaking outside the court Eileen Gilchrist added: “Look at the time and resources that have been put in to try and rehabilitate someone like him but what about us? We have to go home and live with the emptiness for the rest of our lives.”

Mrs Gilchrist also revealed that she had come face to face with another of her husband’s killers, while walking in Derry City Centre.

‘I was sick to my stomach when I saw him’.