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Arrest of drunk led to body find

By George Jackson

A man's body was found in a house after police were called following reports of drunken behaviour in the area, a court has been told.

Before the court was Thomas Crumlish (35), whose address was given as no fixed abode, Sligo.

Crumlish pleaded guilty to being drunk, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and causing criminal damage to two police cars by spitting and urinating inside them on Tuesday night when police were called out in the Waterside area of Londonderry.

District Judge Barney McElholm was told that when police arrived at Florence Street they found Crumlish sprawled drunk on the street. A prosecution lawyer said the officers asked Crumlish for his address.

“He gave the officers his father's address two streets away in Alfred Street. When the police entered they found the defendant's father dead inside,” the lawyer said.

The death was initially treated as suspicious but it later emerged that Crumlish's father had died of natural causes. Crumlish was given a six-month jail sentence, suspended for three years, and ordered to pay £332 to the police for the clean-up costs to their vehicles.

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