Romanian in court over theft of dead man's wallet
A Romanian man has been returned for arraignment to Londonderry's Crown Court accused of stealing a dead man's wallet four years ago.
Adrian Vasile Aitoneanu (35), whose address was given as Selwyn Street in Rotherham, is charged with stealing a wallet and its contents from Conall Kerrigan on August 23, 2015 - the date Mr Kerrigan's body was found at Bank Place between the city walls and the Millennium Forum.
Mr Kerrigan (35) had returned to Claudy from England to set up a plumbing business.
The defendant, who the court heard has a criminal record in Romania and convictions for pick-pocketing in Dublin, is also charged with stealing a woman's iPhone earlier on the day Mr Kerrigan's body was found.
At a preliminary hearing at Bishop Street Magistrates' Court yesterday, a defence solicitor accepted that the defendant had a case to answer.
Aitoneanu was released on continuing bail until June 20.