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Grieving Stevie Martin family's fury after burglars target tragic musician's Derry home

By Allan Preston

Published 25/08/2016

Stevie Martin
Stevie Martin
Some of the items stolen from Stevie Martin’s home
Some of the items stolen from Stevie Martin’s home

The family of late Derry musician Stevie Martin have called the theft of musical instruments from his home in Londonderry "deplorable."

Mr Martin, known by his stage name Rainy Boy Sleep, was found dead on a Co Sligo beach on August 13 after going missing. It has now emerged that as friends and family searched for him, thieves broke into his empty home on Great James Street in Derry.

Police say the burglary occurred between 10.30am on Thursday, August 11 and 11.30am on Friday, August 12.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Martin's younger brother Sean (27) said the break-in had added to their suffering.

He said: "As you can appreciate it is a distressing time and this has only added to our stress and our grief.

"With having to deal with a burglary, such a deplorable act, the last fortnight has been a blur."

He urged people in the Derry area to keep an eye out for the five missing items. They include a Blue Fender Stratocaster guitar, a Roland Microcube amp, a Yahama EZ-200 keyboard, a Saffire Pro 24 soundcard and a Fender Deluxe amp

The PSNI are keen to speak to anyone with information on the robbery, or who may be offered similar items for sale in suspicious circumstances, to contact police at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 470 on August 12, or to call Crimestopers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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