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Murder victim's son and his crony guilty of stealing OAP's bank savings from handbag

By John Cassidy

Published 11/07/2015

Stabbing: Gerard Devlin
Stabbing: Gerard Devlin

The son of murdered west Belfast man Gerard Devlin has admitted stealing an elderly woman's £5,700 bank savings.

Gerard Devlin jnr (25), of Colinglen Road, Dunmurry, and co-accused Nathan Finn (22), of Malone Foyer, Malone Road, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a single charge of theft in west Belfast last year.

A prosecution lawyer told the court that the elderly victim had gone to her bank on October 31, 2014, and withdrew her entire ISA savings of £5,709.49p to pay for work being carried out on her home.

He said she placed an envelope containing the cash inside an Asda bag and then placed it her handbag before heading off to the Sainsbury's store at the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast.

The court was told that security staff had noticed two men acting suspiciously in the store and trained CCTV cameras on them as they moved in and out of the shop.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC watched CCTV footage of the victim waiting at a coffee shop inside Sainsbury's as Devlin and Finn moved into the queue behind the woman.

The store camera then picked up Devlin putting his hand inside the woman's handbag to remove the green Asda bag before leaving the shop, followed shortly after by Finn.

Images of the two suspects were circulated to police in west Belfast, the court heard, and on November 19, 2014, both defendants were arrested at a house on the Donegall Road.

Defence lawyers for the acussed expressed their clients' "deep remore" for the incident.

Gerard Devlin snr was stabbed to death outside his home during a street brawl in Ballymuprhy in February 2006 following a dispute with members of the Notarantonio family.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC adjourned passing sentence on Devlin and Finn for a month, saying: "I want time to consider what are going to be significant periods in custody. I will remand them in custody.''

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