Man charged over death of pensioner Sammy Crawford

Sammy Crawford collapsed during the robbery and later died in hospital Sammy Crawford collapsed during the robbery and later died in hospital

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A man has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a west Belfast pensioner who collapsed while trying to stop an attempted robbery.

Samuel Crawford, 75, was in a newsagent's shop near his Cavendish Street home last week when it happened.

Darren Valliday-Smyth, 20, of no fixed abode, has already been charged with assaulting the pensioner with intent to resist arrest.

He was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link on Thursday

Mr Valliday-Smyth is further charged with possessing a prohibited weapon, namely a CS gas canister, and attempted robbery.

Mr Crawford's death sparked widespread revulsion in west Belfast, with hundreds of people gathering for a vigil in tribute to him.

He used his walking stick to intervene during the robbery but suffered a suspected heart attack. He died in hospital two days later.

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