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Police probing Londonderry man's death rule out crime

Published 25/08/2015

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Kerrigan was on Derry's walls
The last confirmed sighting of Mr Kerrigan was on Derry's walls

Police investigating the sudden death of a man in Londonderry have ruled out a crime.

The body of Conall Kerrigan, 25, was found in the Bank Place area of Derry on Sunday night.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said although they were still awaiting some results from a post mortem examination, at this stage, they did not believe his death was the result of a crime.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said officers still wanted to establish the Claudy man's final movements.

He said: "We know that he was in the Metro Bar and left there and was seen on the city walls.

"From an extensive trawl of CCTV footage, we know that a number of people saw him and spoke to him. At one stage, Conall left the walls and went down into Foyle Street."

Police are also investigating the possibility that Mr Kerrigan's wallet was stolen before he died. It was later found following extensive searches.

Mr Hutton added: "We would like to hear from anyone who was in the city centre generally on Sunday morning and knows or has heard of attempts to steal wallets from other people."

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Kerrigan was at 2.45am on Derry's walls. The post-mortem has not conclusively established a time of death.

Mr Kerrigan, from Claudy, was a popular GAA player.

A statement from Claudy John Mitchel's GAC said he was a "huge character".

"His passing hurts us all. There are just no words that will make sense of this and everybody is struggling to come to terms with it," the statement said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has also expressed sympathy to his family.

He said on Twitter: "My sympathy and thoughts are with the parents and family of young Claudy man Conall Kerrigan on the tragic loss of their son."

Anyone with information or who saw Mr Kerrigan is asked to contact the PSNI at Strand Road station on 101.

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