Man in court charged with theft of musical equipment

A 21-year-old man has appeared at Derry Magistrates court charged with a total of 20 offences including handling a stolen guitar that once belonged to murder victim Jim Gilchrist.

Joseph Patrick McMullan, of no fixed abode, is accused of handling a stolen van, the stolen guitar as well as a series of road traffic offences and assaulting police officers which were said to have occurred in Derry and Strabane on Monday morning.

In 2005 Jim Gilchrist was assaulted and murdered and his body dumped in the River Foyle.

McMullan is due in court again next month.