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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
A Romanian man has been returned for arraignment to Londonderry's Crown Court accused of stealing a dead man's wallet four years ago

By George Jackson

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.

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