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Guitar and keyboard stolen from home of tragic musician Stevie Martin - known as Rainy Boy Sleep - days before his body was found

Published 24/08/2016

The keyboard and amp (marked) that were stolen from Stevie Martin's home
The keyboard and amp (marked) that were stolen from Stevie Martin's home
The guitar that was stolen from Stevie Martin's home

Treasured items including a guitar and a keyboard have been stolen from the home of the late musician Stephen Martin.

Mr Martin, who was known as Rainy boy Sleep, went missing almost a month ago, sparking a widespread campaign to help find him. Sadly, however, his body was discovered on Strandhill beach in Sligo on August 13.

A popular musician, he had toured with singers Cyndi Lauper and James Morrison and had regularly played at venues across Derry and Donegal. The 29-year-old had once performed at the Glastonbury music festival.

His Derry home on Great James Street, located between Francis Street and Infirmary Road, was burgled between 10.30am on Thursday August 11 and 11.30am on Friday August 12.

Constable Evans said: “Sentimental items were stolen, including a blue electric Stratocaster guitar, a keyboard, a sum of money and assorted musical equipment. Stephens’s family would appreciate any helping in locating these items.

“We are appealing for anyone with information who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or have information about the incident or anyone who may be offered similar items for sale in suspicious circumstances to contact police at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 470 on 12/08/16.”

“Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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