13/10/2005

Funeral takes place of murdered musician

The funeral has taken place of murdered Londonderry musician James Gilchrist on Thursday.

The body of the 62-year-old was pulled from the River Foyle on September 28.

Friends of the keen motorcyclist escorted the coffin from his home in the Woodbrooke area of the city to St Mary's Church in Creggan.

Police investigating the murder revisited the scene of the crime on Wednesday and re-appealed for information.

They stopped pedestrians and motorists in the John Street, Foyle Road, and Foyle Embankment areas of the city between 12:30am and 1:30am in an effort to obtain further information about his movements that night.

Mr Gilchrist is known to have left the Oval Bar at Duke Street in the city at around 12:30am on September 28. He made his way across the top deck of the Craigavon Bridge and was last seen at the bottom of John Street approximately 10 minutes later, when he crossed the road onto the Foyle Embankment.

At the time he was last seen the victim was riding his Black Raleigh racing bicycle, which is fitted with drop down handlebars, a silver parcel carrier rack and a dynamo. His body was later recovered from the River Foyle around 5:20pm the same day.

Anyone who can help police with their investigation is urged to contact the police at Strand Road on 028 7136 7337 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

(MB/SP)

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