Cheques probed in Derry murder hunt

Police investigating the murder of a jazz and blues musician were today examining attempts to use his chequebook to pay for goods.

Police investigating the murder of a jazz and blues musician were today examining attempts to use his chequebook to pay for goods.

Jim Gilchrist’s body was pulled out of a river in Derry within 24 hours of his disappearance in September.

The 62-year-old vanished after leaving a meeting of a motorcycle club at the Oval Bar in Duke Street, Derry.

He had ridden across the top deck of Craigavon Bridge, turned right into John Street, and on to the embankment of the River Foyle towards his home at Woodbrook on the Buncrana Road, three miles away.

Three men, two aged 18 and another aged 27, have appeared in court over the killing.

When his body was recovered, his black racing bike with dropped handle bars, wallet, mobile telephone and glasses were missing.

In a fresh appeal, police today focused on attempts to use some of Mr Gilchrist’s cheques in the city following his murder.

“Detectives now believe that attempts were made to pass cheques, which were stolen from Mr Gilchrist moments before he died, at commercial premises in the city,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

“Anyone who was offered the Northern Bank cheques, personalised in the names of Mr JE and Mrs EV Gilchrist, either as payment for goods or in exchange for cash during the period Wednesday, September 28 and Friday, October 7, is urged to contact the detectives at Maydown Police Station.

“The telephone number to ring is 0845 600 8000, or Crimestoppers in complete confidence on freephone 0800 555111.”

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