TV stolen after Derry man’s death

A Derry woman has appealed for information after her late brother’s home was robbed during his wake.

27 year-old Gerald McGinley died earlier this month and his sister said a television, along with other items, was stolen from his house while he has being waked at her home.

“It was sickening,” she said.

“My brother took his own life and it was bad enough trying to deal with that but then when we went to his house in Forest Park we discovered that someone had broken in and stolen the television and DVDs.

“Gerald died on January 4th and sometime between January 4th 5th and 11th his house was broken into.

“That could have been during the wake and funeral period,” she said.

The grieving woman said it is “hard to believe” that anyone would steal from a dead person.

“It was unbelievable.

“It was the last thing we expected when we went to his house.

“My brother was well known in the area and everyone would have known that the house was empty because of what happened.

“It is hard to believe that someone would have regarded that as an opportunity for personal gain,” she said.

She also said the rest of her family would like to see her late brother’s property returned.

“It is not the value of the television. We don’t care about that.

“ It is not about the money.

“That is not important to us right now.

“We just want his things back and we want to highlight that someone would be so low as to steal from the house of someone who had just died.

“It’s bad enough having to bury your brother but then to go to his house and find that things have been stolen just makes a bad situation worse,” she said.

Appealing for information on the incident, the woman said; “It is a 50 inch LG tv and I would like to ask anyone who may have been offered one in suspicious circumstances to get in touch with the police.

“If anyone knows anything about it we would like them to tell the police what they know so that whoever did it can be brought to justice.

“We don’t want to see whoever did this get away with it.

“It is not about the value of what was taken, it is the fact they were taken from someone who had just died,” she said.