Conall Kerrigan case: Teenager in court

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A Romanian man has appeared in court accused of stealing a wallet from Conall Kerrigan, who was found dead in August last year near the city walls.

It is believed Mr Kerrigan (25) fell from the walls in the early hours of the morning, following a night out.

Before Londonderry Magistrates Court was Costica Munteanu (19), who was described as being part of an organised crime gang that targeted vulnerable victims, which was operating in Londonderry and Belfast.

Munteanu, with an address in Tallaght, Dublin, faced a charge of robbing Mr Kerrigan’s wallet on August 23, as well as the theft of iPhones from two women on August 22. Munteanu admitted the offences.

An investigating officer said an investigation was launched following the disappearance of Mr Kerrigan and CCTV was viewed as part of this investigation which showed Mr Kerrigan being robbed by two males. Two thefts were reported around the same time and the CCTV showed the same men were involved.

Unable to identify the perpetrators, the police sent stills from the footage to the media and Gardai provided them with the men’s identity.

Opposing bail, the officer said police feared Munteanu would flee the country, as he did not have an address or any ties to Northern Ireland. The second male has already left.

The officer said police were also concerned that further fears defendant would commit further offences.

An application for bail was not made and Munteanu was remanded In custody to appear via videolink on March 3.